MOORESVILLE, NC (WBTV) - People who knew Officer Jordan Sheldon beyond just the uniform he wore are speaking after his untimely death.
Sheldon was in that uniform with his K-9 Ramon on Saturday night conducting a routine traffic stop when he was shot and killed.
Ramon witnessed his handler being shot.
Friends of Officer Sheldon say Ramon was his world, and a part of a dream that Sheldon had for a long time.
“He always wanted to be a cop since day 1, that’s why he was a criminal justice major,” said David Dowd.
Sheldon was an alum of UNC Charlotte. He graduated in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and a minor in sociology.
Dowd met Jordan Sheldon about 11 years ago working at a restaurant near UNC Charlotte.
“He was just so fun, he made coming to work fun,” said Dowd.
Dowd says Sheldon was always one to crack jokes and make him laugh, but he also shared his dreams of serving in law enforcement.
“I remember when he got the job at Mooresville he was so excited to be a cop. And his dream was to be a K-9 officer,” said Dowd.
That dream came true and Dowd says Officer Sheldon spent countless hours working with his dog, Ramon.
Community members say they could tell.
“He came to my daughter’s school and did career day with his K-9,” said one woman who knew Sheldon.
“He asked for gift cards for his K-9, not for himself,” said a man who asked what to get Sheldon for a gift basket.
Friends say Sheldon’s generous spirit was something that never turned off.
“If you ever met Jordan, you got the real Jordan. He was never fake, whether you met him in a uniform or on a Friday night out with me somewhere,” said Dowd.
Officer Sheldon’s K-9, Ramon, was with him when the shots were fired.
“He had so much passion for his dogs because that’s what he always wanted to do was be a K9 officer and he got his dream so early,” said Dowd.
That dream ending tragically early.
Police say that Officer Sheldon’s dog, Ramon, is now in proper care.
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.
The investigation into what led to Sheldon’s shooting during the traffic stop is still underway.