Gone, but not forgotten: Mooresville K9 officers honor Jordan Sheldon in lineup

Credit: Leigh Walther

It was both heartwarming and heartbreaking to see the empty space that would have belonged to Officer Jordan Sheldon as Mooresville K9 officers lined up on the field at Mooresville High School. His brothers in blue, keeping his memory alive, indicating that no one can take his place. 

On Wednesday, the officers were honored by students, staff and community members at the high school after many days of suffering. 

“That space to me represented their brother that made the ultimate sacrifice on Saturday night, our forever friend and hero Sheldon,” photographer Leigh Walther wrote.

Officer Sheldon was shot and killed on Saturday, May 4 during a routine traffic stop. It was tragic and shocking to the community, who hasn’t seen an officer killed in the line of duty since the 70s. 

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"Utterly devastated. That's the only word that I can think of to help to describe so many are feeling in this community," said Mayor of Mooresville Miles Atkins. "This isn't a number for us, this is a real person. We're heartbroken. The pain and sorrow that we feel, can't express it."

Sheldon had served as a K9 officer at the department with his dog Ramon for six years. He was described as a man who served with dignity, and someone other officers respected.

“You see, there will always be a space that will never been filled in these guys hearts and minds. They are a team, friends, mentors, they are one. Please continue to pray for the family and the MPD family for the tough days ahead. And thank you Mooresville for wrapping your arms around them. #mooresvillestrong,” said Walther. 

Sheldon was taken to his hometown of Concord on Tuesday, May 7. He will be brought back to Charlotte for his funeral, which will take place at 11 a.m. on Friday.