MOORESVILLE, NC (WBTV) - An officer was shot and killed while conducting a routine traffic stop in Mooresville late Saturday night, officials say.
Officials confirmed early Sunday morning that Officer Jordan Harris Sheldon, 32, was shot during a traffic stop on West Plaza Drive. The shooter was later identified as Michael Aldana, 28.
Sheldon was transported from the scene by Medic but was later declared dead.
A procession for Sheldon got underway Sunday morning from Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte to the Medical Examiner’s Office. The Mooresville Police Department, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department and Charlotte Fire Department assisted with escorting Sheldon.
The Mooresville police chief stated that Sheldon had been wearing a body camera at the time of the incident but that it had not been turned on.
Police report that Aldana fled the scene but was later located in a nearby apartment where it was found that he had died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
The roadway along Highway 150 was shut down throughout the night as police continued to investigate the shooting. Sheldon’s K9 partner was nearby in the patrol car when Sheldon was shot and killed, officials say.
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.
A candlelight vigil was held for Sheldon at 8:30 p.m. Sunday at 107 Commons Drive in Mooresville.
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.