Mooresville Mayor Miles Atkins did not attempt to hide his emotions as he spoke about the death of a Mooresville Police Department officer.
Atkins joined Mooresville Police Chief Damon Williams in a briefing late Sunday morning to talk about the death of Jordan Harris Sheldon, a six-year veteran of the MPD. Sheldon, a canine officer, was gunned down after conducting a traffic stop late Saturday night on West Plaza Drive.
Atkins wiped back tears as he talked about Sheldon’s death.
“Mooresville, of all places, how can this happen?” Atkins said.
MPD Chief Damon Williams identified the man who they said shot and killed Sheldon. Michael Yovany Aldana, 28, of Mooresville, was found dead inside an apartment near the shooting scene. He died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, Williams said.
Sheldon, who was accompanied by his canine partner, Ramon, stopped a vehicle shortly after 10 p.m. Saturday, Williams said. He was shot and the suspect fled the scene, Williams said.
A manhunt, involving several different agencies, ensued. It was discovered the suspect was possibly in a nearby apartment and the MPD Special Response Team went into the apartment, Williams said. Aldana was found dead, he said.
The dog was retrieved by another officer and was not injured, Williams said.
He said the community is in mourning but has received an overwhelming amount of support from across the state. “I’ve talked to about half the chiefs in North Carolina,” he said.
Williams also thanked agencies for stepping in and helping with calls in the aftermath of the shooting.
He said the Iredell Sheriff’s Office and North Carolina Highway Patrol both stepped in to handle calls, and he received offers of assistance from several nearby police departments, including Statesville.
A man who understands what the community is dealing with drove up from Marion, South Carolina, to offer support.
The Rev. Raymond Johnson said his community experienced the loss of two officers.
“It hurts,” Johnson said.