Community Remembering Mooresville Police Officer Killed in the Line of Duty
MOORESVILLE, N.C. – A memorial is growing for the Mooresville police officer who died after a man shot him during a traffic stop.
32-year-old Officer Jordan Sheldon died late Saturday night.
Investigators say the suspect, 28-year-old Michael Aldana, shot him, before eventually killing himself.
Sunday, people left flowers and notes on Officer Sheldon’s patrol SUV.
The shooting happened just after 10:00 on Saturday night on West Plaza Drive.
“Getting the call like I got last night is one of the things you fear as a police chief, you hope never happens,” says Mooresville Police Chief Damon Williams.
Williams says police aren’t releasing any possible motive yet.
“We’re angry. We’re hurt. We’re sad. There’s a rollercoaster of emotions we’re dealing with,” he says.
Police tracked the suspect, Aldana, to a nearby apartment complex after the shooting.
They found him dead inside a unit and believe he shot himself.
“I kept getting told to go back inside. It was the cops. And then a few minutes later they came banging on my door and telling me to get out,” explains neighbor Amanda Bumgardner.
She lives next door and says Aldana was quiet and didn’t say much.
“Just a friendly ‘hey’ every now and then and that’s about it,” Bumgardner says.
Arrest records show Aldana bonded out of the Iredell County Detention Center just three days ago.
Officer Sheldon served the department for six years.