A North Carolina police officer is dead and the man believed to have shot him during a Saturday evening traffic stop was later killed in an apparent suicide.
According to Fox News, Mooresville police officer Jordan Harris Sheldon initiated the stop at about 10 p.m. when driver 28-year-old Michael Aldana allegedly opened fire.
The suspect reportedly fled the scene and was cornered at a nearby apartment complex a short time later, where he was found dead of what was believed to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound, as reported by WSOC.
Sheldon was described as a K9 handler who had been with the agency for six years. His dog, Ramon, was with him on duty at the time of the shooting.
Mayor Miles Atkins provided an emotional statement expressing the community’s grief.
“This isn’t a number for us,” he said. “This is a real person. And we’re heartbroken. The pain and sorrow that we feel is — can’t express it.
The 32-year-old officer was unmarried but was in a relationship, according to Chief Damon Williams.
As of the latest updates available, there was no indication what motive the gunman might have had in shooting the officer. Aldana reportedly has a history with police, but no record of violent crimes.
Chief identifies suspect as 28-year-old Michael Yovany Aldana.
Chief says Aldana left the scene after the incident and was found dead in a nearby apartment from a self-inflicted gun shot wound. @wsoctv pic.twitter.com/0LJP99yk9p
— Stephanie Tinoco (@STinocoWSOC9) May 5, 2019
[Featured image: Jordan Harris Sheldon, Mooresville Police Department]