’I will never forget him,’ She only met Officer Jordan Sheldon once, but once was enough

Published: May. 6, 2019 at 6:16 PM EDT
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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - On Thursday evening, Mooresville Police Officer Jordan Sheldon pulled into a BP gas station to fill up. While there, he met a woman that was passing through and that woman says the conversation they had will stick with her forever.

Mellicent Hoffner passes through Mooresville often and says when she saw Sheldon pull in, she went over to thank him for his service.

“He just thanked me for acknowledging him. It was a pleasant conversation. It was like we had known each other forever,” said Hoffner. “Just like someone that had known all my life.”

Hoffner says they talked about his job, his family and if he feared the risks that came with his job.

“Even though it was just a short conversation in passing, but he made such a memorable impact on me,” said Hoffner.

The conversation only lasted about 10-15 minutes, but Hoffner was so touched, she raced home and told her husband about the officer she had just met.

“I thought, Mooresville has a star going here, they really have a star,” she said.

Two days later, Hoffner couldn’t sleep and then she got the alert that an officer had been shot in Mooresville. Police say Officer Sheldon was shot and killed during a traffic stop Saturday night.

“I was scrolling down and see his picture, I didn’t have to see the name Jordan, and it really rattled me,” said Hoffner. “I cried, I cried.”

Dozens in the Mooresville community have their own story about Officer Sheldon. Whether they met him at the grocery store, at a restaurant or at their children’s school.

“The family may not know the sparkles, and the glitter, and hope that he has scattered around. He sure got me, he got me. I will never forget him, never forget him,” said Hoffner.

It was a chance encounter at a gas station, but ended up being so much more than that.

“God put Jordan in that place for a reason. To talk to me, to talk to me."

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