Pictured above: Officer Jordan Sheldon – Picture courtesy of the Town of Mooresville / Leigh Walther Photography
MOORESVILLE, NC (WSIC) – The Mooresville community is grieving the loss of K9 officer Jordan Sheldon who died after being shot during a Highway 150 traffic stop late Saturday night.
“Utterly devastated. That’s the only word I can really think about to describe how some of us are feeling in this community,” said Mayor Miles Atkins in tears during a Sunday morning press conference.
Sheldon pulled-over a vehicle on Highway 150 (West Plaza Drive) near Talbert Road shortly after 11:00 Saturday night when shots were fired. He was taken to CMC where he later died.
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— Town of Mooresville (@MooresvilleNC) May 5, 2019
Mooresville Police Chief Damon Williams is asking the community to step-forward and show support for officers in the coming week. He says the agency is angry, hurt, and sad.
“They’re going to need to know that you as a community care about how they’re feeling and what they’re feeling.”
— Brandon Earl Smith (@BrandonFOX46) May 5, 2019
Williams says the moments after an officer is shot can cause an agency to become “un-operational,” but that deputies from the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office stepped-in. Other agencies have already offered physical and emotional support. The Huntersville Police Department and Homeland Security’s Charlotte office both sent personnel to Mooresville overnight. Williams also thanked Mooresville Fire Rescue, the Statesville Police Department, and other agencies he may not have named in his press conference.
Both Williams and Atkins mentioned speaking with Governor Roy Cooper who offered his condolences.
Sheldon’s body was escorted by law enforcement from CMC in Charlotte back to Mooresville. CMPD shared this video:
“This isn’t a number for us,” says Mayor Atkins. “This is a real person. We’re heartbroken. The pain and sorrow that we feel…can’t express it.”
Asked to recall what he remembers about Officer Sheldon, Chief Williams smiled while saying the two had a running joke about him not being comfortable around the K9s. Williams says he would come around a corner, see the K9, and “jump higher than you would think I could jump.” According to Williams, Sheldon served the community with “dignity.”
Sheldon was not married, but was in a relationship. Chief Williams says the officer’s family is “distraught.”
“We’re going to take care of them like they’re our family.”
Officer Sheldon was wearing a body camera which was recording at the time of the shooting. Investigators say Michael Yovany Aldana, 28 of Mooresville, fired the shot that killed Sheldon and fled to a nearby apartment where he killed himself. Investigators have not shared a motive for the crime. Chief Williams says Aldana was known to police.
The investigation continues. Return to this page for updates on this developing story.