Pictured above: Officer Jordan Sheldon – Pictures courtesy of the Mooresville Police Department
MOORESVILLE, NC – On Saturday, May 4, Mooresville K9 Officer Jordan Sheldon conducted a routine traffic stop on West Plaza Drive. During that stop, Officer Sheldon was shot by the driver and died as a result of his injuries. The driver, Michael Yovany Aldana of Mooresville, was soon located in a nearby apartment where he was confirmed dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
The investigation conducted by the State Bureau of Investigation and Mooresville Police Department revealed that Officer Sheldon conducted the traffic stop on suspicion of a suspended driver’s license. Officer Sheldon called in the traffic stop at 10:13 p.m. After obtaining Aldana’s driver’s license and registration for the car, Officer Sheldon returned to his patrol vehicle to check Aldana’s information through the national data base while Aldana remained in his vehicle. After results confirmed Aldana was driving on a suspended license, Officer Sheldon approached Aldana’s vehicle again and engaged in conversation with Aldana who produced additional documentation regarding his driving privileges. While Officer Sheldon was examining these documents, Aldana fired a semiautomatic handgun at Officer Sheldon who was struck by the gunfire. Aldana fled the scene and drove to his apartment off Plaza Drive where he took his own life.
Although investigators could not determine a specific motive or provocation for the shooting, interviews with a former girlfriend revealed Aldana had made recent comments of killing himself, and in the process killing a police officer.
“The Mooresville Police Department wishes to thank all of the residents of Mooresville and surrounding communities for their love and support during this overwhelmingly sad time,” said Mooresville Police Chief Damon Williams. “We are so blessed to live in a community that cares about their police department. We also extend a huge THANK YOU to all of our public safety partners and Town personnel who answered the call to assist us in the wake of this tragic event.”
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