On the evening of April 7, 1974, Lieutenant Larry Vernon Barger responded to a call at a residence three miles south of Mooresville on Highway 115. Lt. Barger, a twelve-year veteran of the Mooresville Police Department, was acquainted with the residents and had been called at home and asked to come speak with one of the residents, James Cecil Jones.
Lt. Barger was sitting in the kitchen talking with Mr. and Mrs. Jones in an attempt to settle a domestic argument when Mr. Jones shot him in the back with a hunting rifle. The shooting occurred at approximately 11:35 p.m.
During the following three months, Lt. Barger underwent several major operations to combat infection and repair the damage inflicted by the high-velocity round. He died at 11 a.m. on July 13, 1974. Lt. Barger was 36 years old.
Born in Rowan County on May 26, 1938, Lt. Barger was the son of B.W. and Laura Hess Barger of Mooresville. He was married to Carol (Knott) Barger and had two children, Larry Vernon, Jr. and Dana Carol. Lt. Barger had served honorably in the U.S. Navy and joined the Mooresville Police Department on September 19, 1961.
Officer Jordan Sheldon
Officer Jordan Sheldon, a six-year veteran of the Mooresville Police Department and K-9 officer, was shot during a traffic stop on West Plaza Drive in Mooresville on May 4, 2019. Although Sheldon was taken to the hospital, he died shortly afterward due to the injuries he sustained.
Sheldon, 32, was born in Charlotte to Susan Ledford and Harry Sheldon, and graduated from Central Cabarrus High School. He wanted to become a police officer from an early age and realized his childhood dream in 2013 by successfully completing Central Piedmont Community College’s Basic Law Enforcement Training program. He joined the Mooresville Police Department as a patrol officer on September 18 of the same year.
During his career with the Mooresville Police Department, Officer Sheldon was an Honor Guard member and served with the department’s Special Response Team (SRT). In 2015, he was appointed as a K-9 Officer, working with K-9 Loki. Upon Loki’s retirement, Officer Sheldon continued working with his new K-9 partner, Ramon.