MOORESVILLE, N.C. – A North Carolina police officer who was shot Saturday night during a traffic stop in Mooresville has died, according to reports.
K9 Officer Jordan Harris Sheldon, 32, a six-year veteran of the Mooresville Police Department, was slain shortly after 10 p.m., not far from Highway 150, Charlotte’s WSOC-TV reported.
Sheldon was transported from the scene to receive medical attention but did not survive, the report said.
An unidentified suspect was pursued by police in connection with the shooting. He was located and cornered in a nearby apartment but fatally shot himself as police closed in, according to the report.
The Mooresville Police Department announced the tragic news of Sheldon’s death in a Facebook post, along with photos of the slain officer.
Police arriving at the scene after the shooting located what was believed to be the suspect’s vehicle, then began chasing the wanted man, WSOC reported. Although his name has not been released, sources indicate he was 28-years-old.
Mooresville is a town of about 36,500 residents, located about 29 miles north of Charlotte. Sheldon was well-known and his death will be deeply felt in the community.
“He would be the first one to come out and be a good cop. He would show his support. He would come and hang out and just talk with us and have a good time. He used to come here stop, get gas fuel, drinks. He’d let his dog out, we’d talk for hours. It’s just not fair,” said friend Brian Vanderwestern.
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