Mooresville in Mourning: town rallies behind police

From an impromptu candlelight vigil to local businesses offering services for law enforcement officers, the Mooresville community has rallied behind police in the wake of a traffic-stop shooting that left a K9 officer dead late Saturday.

Funeral services for K9 Officer Jordan Sheldon are scheduled for Friday, May 10, at 11 a.m. at Calvary Church in Charlotte, 5801 Pineville-Matthews Road.

A procession of public-safety vehicles will leave from the funeral home in Concord to the Charlotte church for the service. The procession will travel to the Mooresville Police Department following the service. Specific routes and times will be announced once finalized.

Sheldon’s K9 partner, Ramon, was uninjured in the shooting.

JT Smith, a retired police officer and owner of Lake Norman Muay Thai in Mooresville, organized the candlelight vigil Sunday. He said the thought occurred to him during church that morning when his preacher was talking about Sheldon. Smith reached out to the police department after church and found out no memorials were scheduled at that time.

The Town of Mooresville has since scheduled a memorial for Wednesday, May 8, from 6:30-8 p.m. on the lawn next to Town Hall.

Smith said he was shocked – but touched – by the turnout for the candlelight vigil on Sunday, especially with just a few hours’ notice.

“I figured less than 100 people would be there,” he said. Instead, an estimated 400 turned out. Little Caesars – in the same shopping center – offered two-for-one pizzas for those in attendance toward the end of the vigil.

Know a local business supporting our law enforcement officers and other emergency responders? Please comment here, email me at or forward to me on Facebook. I’m sharing every business post I see – or is forwarded to me – on the Scoop Facebook page.

Here are those shared so far:

  • The Feed Bucket is collecting donations and giving a percentage of sales to Officer Sheldon’s family.
  • Big Al’s Pub & Grubberia is offering a free entree a day to uniformed Mooresville officers until May 12.
  • Police officers eat free at Sports Page in Mooresville all week.
  • 10% off for all law enforcement agencies for the entire strawberry season at Little Oaks Farm Produce.
  • Free haircuts for any police officer at Faderite Barber Co.

A huge thank-you to Ken Noblezada – an amazing photographer and friend of LKN Muay Thai – who shared the breathtaking photos in this post.

MPD K9 Hansel joined the vigil. We quickly became BFFs.

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Hi! I’m Jaime

I was a newspaper reporter in Mooresville, NC for a decade and covered local government issues from 2003 to 2006.


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