CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Community members gathered in Mooresville Commons Sunday night for a vigil in honor of fallen officer Jordan Sheldon. Sheldon, 32, was a K-9 officer with the Mooresville Police Department. Investigators say he was shot and killed during a routine traffic stop in Mooresville late Saturday night.
A large crowd of people packed into the shopping center parking lot for the vigil. Several law enforcement officers were in attendance. Mooresville Police Chief Damon Williams spoke about his fallen officer, calling him a ‘brother’.
“Officer Sheldon was a good guy and he wore the badge proudly. He always had a smile on his face. He represented the Mooresville Police Department well,” Williams told the crowd.
Williams urged the public to show his department support during what will be a very trying time.
“I’m calling on every member of this community to set the example this week for Officer Sheldon - to be kind to a neighbor, to help someone out," stated Williams.
Some of Sheldon’s colleagues also spoke in front of the crowd Sunday night.
“Officer Sheldon’s a go-getter. Officer Sheldon’s not one of these guys that just sits in the parking lot and waits on the next call. Officer Sheldon is somebody that we look up to at the department,” said one officer in attendance.
Earlier in the day, community members decorated the officer’s cruiser in front of the Mooresville Police Department headquarters on W Iredell Avenue. A steady stream of people stopped by throughout the day, leaving flowers, balloons and stuffed animals on the fallen officer’s cruiser.
Mooresville resident Darren Jones brought a large sign with the words ‘Rest In Peace Officer Sheldon.' Jones said Sheldon had visited his child’s fifth grade classroom as part of the Adopt-A-Cop program.
“It really just stops everything. Nothing else is important when you see something like this happen,” said Jones.
Michelle Roerig, another Mooresville resident, knew Sheldon personally. She said Sheldon had actually been called to her home during tough times and she loved the way he interacted with members of the public.
“We’re gonna miss him. We’re gonna miss his smile. We’re just gonna miss everything,” said Roerig through teary eyes.
Mooresville resident Davina Dempsey told WBTV she hadn’t learned about what happened until Sunday morning. She brought her children out to the memorial to pay their respects to Sheldon.
“It broke my heart. Even now being here, I’m very emotional and it just makes me sick to my stomach knowing that this happened,” said Dempsey.
Officials say Sheldon was an alum of UNC Charlotte. He graduated in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and a minor in sociology.
When asked why they wanted to stop by the memorial, most community members said they not only wanted to pay their respects, but also thank Sheldon for serving their community.
A Celebration of Life for Officer Sheldon will be held on Wednesday May 8 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Town Hall Lawn at 413 North Main Street.