Friends Heartbroken After Mooresville Police Officer Killed in the Line of Duty

MOORESVILLE, N.C. – A memorial is growing for a Mooresville police officer shot and killed in the line of duty. Officer Jordan Sheldon had been with the department for six years.

“He was just too young to leave this world. He had so much to offer,” says Charlene Coxey.

Coxey saw Officer Sheldon nearly every week. He’d come into the McDonald’s where she meets friends for breakfast.

“He would tell funny stories but always had a wonderful smile,” Coxey says.

Like so many others, she’s heartbroken by the loss.

Officer Sheldon died after a suspect opened fire during a traffic stop. It happened late Saturday night on West Plaza Drive.

His patrol SUV has become a gathering spot for friends and those wanting to pay their respects.

“He just always wanted to be a cop. Just always a great guy,” explains friend David Dowd.

He met Officer Sheldon before he joined the force. They worked together at a BBQ restaurant.

“He was just so fun. He made coming to work fun,” Dowd says.

After the shooting, police found the suspect, 28-year-old Michael Aldana, dead inside an apartment. Police say he shot himself.

According to a police report, Aldana had recently been arrested for DWI in Statesville. Arrest records show Aldana was pulled over at the corner of Cochran and Conner Streets on April 2nd and blew .11 on a breathalyzer test.

He bonded out of jail just two days before the shooting.

Back at the memorial, the pain is evident.

“I’m just gonna miss him. I’m just gonna miss him terribly,” Coxey says.