MOORESVILLE, NC: Shortly after 10 p.m. on Saturday, May 4, K9 Officer Jordan Harris Sheldon, 32, was shot during a routine traffic stop on West Plaza Drive. He was transported from the scene but later died from his injuries.

Photo Credits: Leigh Walther Photography

Sheldon served with the Mooresville Police Department for six years.

The suspect in the shooting fled the scene and was later located in a nearby apartment. Once police entered the residence, the suspect was confirmed dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The investigation is continuing with many local and state law enforcement agencies assisting. More details will be released at a later time.

Contacts:Chief Damon Williams,, 704-704-664-3311

Deputy Chief G. Childress,, 704-664-3311

Allen County coroner released case “facts” in matters of Taemon Blair

Allen County Sheriff’s Office released a 4-page report this week after Taemon Blair’s story “broke the internet” by going viral. Blair’s tragic and mysterious death at what was believed to be a positive time in his life leaves his family uneasy and wanting an investigation further into his death. Allen Co. authorities have ruled Blair’s death a suicide by hanging and the internet says it was a lynching. In many posts it has been alleged that Blair’s hands were bound, authorities confirmed that to be false. Much of the black community believes that black people do not commit suicide by hangings due to the history of our ancestors being lynched. Whereas, statistical data shows that black americans have in fact chosen this method in the past. However, the method utilized and often the cause of suicide is usually tied to cultural, religious and family beliefs or matters per The National Center for Biotechnology Information.

If you or someone you know are experiencing suicidal thoughts, please reach out to someone or call the National Suicide Hotline: 1-800-273-8255. #TaemonBlair #MysteryOfTaemonBlair

Taemon Blair was found March 14th in a semi cab truck that he operated, parked in the 9100 block of Bluffton Rd unresponsive. The death of the 21-year-old man who was reportedly found hanged in the sleeper portion of his tractor-trailer truck cabin in Fort Wayne, IN. The reports of his death have gone viral nationally across social media posts. The following week, the Allen Co. Coroner’s Office, on March 21st, said the 21-year-old, a Huntersville, North Carolina native, had died of asphyxia due to hanging and the death ruled a suicide.

Social media posts suggest that Blair did not die by suicide, yet that he was “lynched”. There is the implication by many of these social media posts that “black men do not hang themselves…” because of the historical context tied to hangings it is believed in the “black community” that black Americans do not suicide by hangings. The The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) statistical data reports, “Between 2000 and 2010, suicide by hanging/suffocation rose by 104% (i.e., more than doubled) for those aged 45–59 years and increased steadily in all other age groups except those aged ≥70 years (Table 1), for whom there was a small decline.”-(NCBI)

Hanging/suffocation is almost as lethal as firearm use as a means of suicide. The lack of an increase in case fatality rates indicates that the increase in mortality rates from suicide by hanging/suffocation is related to an increase in suicide attempts by this method. The dramatic increase in suicide by hanging in the U.S. is of special concern because of the widespread availability of rope and other accessories used in hanging. Prevention strategies that are effective within inpatient settings should be given greater attention for their potential to reduce suicide in other settings as well. Such strategies include installing break-away closet bars, lowering the height of anchor points, and increasing the awareness of risk indicators. –(NCBI, 2013)

The American Suicide Prevention Foundation (ASFP) reports,  “In 2017, the highest U.S. age-adjusted suicide rate was among Whites (15.85) and the second highest rate was among American Indians and Alaska Natives (13.42). Much lower and roughly similar rates were found among Black or African Americans (6.61) and Asians and Pacific Islanders (6.59).

In 2017, firearms were the most common method of death by suicide, accounting for a little more than half (50.57%) of all suicide deaths. The next most common methods were suffocation (including hangings) at 27.72% and poisoning at 13.89%.”

Some posts have even gone as far as to say that he was beaten and hanged with his hands bound up but Allen County authorities have reported that as false.

This young man’s tragic end has gone as far to gain interest amongst popular celebrity artists like Clifford Harris Jr. aka T.I ., Big Boi, and Usher Raymonds.

On Thursday, the Allen County Coroner’s Office released a 4-page report in attempts to correct “inaccurate information being spread across social media.” The Onslow Beat has a general standard that follows the same guidelines as most MSM organizations and refrains from publishing articles with suicides with the exceptions of public places, government officials and public figures but in this case, due to the viral nature and the four-page report released, an exception has also been made in this case.

Taemon-Blair Coroner release

Taemon’s brother, Dee Smith,  started a GoFundMe campaign to raise funds for the burial. On the GFM, he stated,

“Taemon went through a rough patch in his life. He went to jail for a year. When he got out he promised to change his life. He went and got his diploma. He had straight A’s in HS. He has always been on the A honor roll.  My brother finally got his life on track! He has a beautiful girlfriend. He also was having a baby.  He landed a job driving 18 wheeler trucks. He went on the road to make money for his family. Now graduated with straight A’s, and a really good job, he was on the track of becoming a great man.”

Allen County Sheriff’s Office reported to Abby Jackson, no foul play suspected.

Smith full of pain and grief for his younger brother, told Fox46, “…there’s just a lot of unanswered questions for them to rule it a suicide…”  Watch that clip here.

If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts, there’s help for you, your life is valuable and most hardships are only temporary that there are solutions for. Don’t take a permanent measure to a temporary situation. Please call the National Suicide Hotline or utilize the online chat option and talk to someone, completely confidential.

Call 1-800-273-8255
Available 24 hours every day. 


Another article related to suicide and the black community worth the read:


Disclaimer: The Onslow Beat has a mission of providing information that may be beneficial in the prevention of suicides, mental health & wellness with this particular article regardless of what speculations, assumptions are made in this particular case. This is not an endorsement of stating in agreement or disagreement that Blair committed suicide but it is an acknowledgment that nonetheless, suicide is a real issue in the black community, as well as depression, PTSD and the Black Male. Many individuals in the black community are often forced to suppress feelings verses expressing them, discouraged from crying, discouraged from stating or feeling fear or merely saying, “I am not okay.” The Black community oftentimes shuns the idea of mental health and mental illness has been “taboo” and “a white thing” when in fact it is a human thing, there’s no discrimination in matters of mental illness and there should not be any in light of mental health and wellness. The Onslow Beat further has a moral and ethical responsibility to the public to provide the facts presented from authorities, statements from family or those relevant to the case, as well as provide unbiased and informative information to create betterment in our society as a whole through an independent press. The Onslow Beat wants the audience to read and think for yourself, not be swayed and programmed. That is the beauty of an independent FREE press. 

Jacksonville senior found in waterway Sunday afternoon off Hwy 172 back gate bridge

On Sat. March 9, 2019, the Sheriff Office was dispatched to a report of a vehicle left parked on top of the 172 bridge near the back gate of Camp Lejeune around 7p.m. A check of the victims home revealed that he was missing and family members reported that he had been depressed. The vehicle was left unsecured with the keys and other personal items left in the seat.

The man was a Jacksonville local and age 65. His identity has not been released.

Contributor Photo, credit: Crystal Eahart

The Sheriff Office conducted a search of the area using the Sheriff’s Office drone, SABLE air unit from Wilmington Police and boats from the local VFD.  The search was discontinued around 11 p.m. and resumed after daylight the following day with boats from Turkey Creek VFD, Camp Lejeune FD, Bear Creek VFD and Marine Patrol.  The victim was located by one of the boat crews at approximately 1:30 p.m. on Sunday.  

He was located approximately one hundred feet from the bridge.

No foul play is suspected.

In other related reports locally, allegedly this was the second attempt. The mans body was allegedly carried by the current where eventually his body met and became tangled in a crab pot line or crab pot.

If you or someone you know are experiencing depression, suicidal thoughts or thoughts of harm to others, please call Mobile Crisis through Trillium Health.

Any person may receive crisis and emergency services in eastern North Carolina for mental health, substance abuse, and intellectual/developmental disabilities issues. Regardless of where you live, work or go to school, you can call our toll-free 24-Hour Access to Care line 1.877.685.2415 at any time. A trained person answering the phone will connect you with services to address your situation.

You can also reach the National Suicide Hotline 24/7 by phone at:

“There may be a wait time to connect. To speak to a counselor now, please call the Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

or text chat: Lifeline Chat

Shooting suspect suicide, Victim showing signs of hope

Early this Saturday morning in a press release the Jacksonville Police Department confirmed the identity of the suspect in the shooting.

Charles Henry Harper Jr., 58 years-old, who has been named as the person of interest and suspect in this Friday afternoon shooting that happened nearby the Aloha nail salon and Dunkin Donuts off of Western Boulevard in Jacksonville, North Carolina. Harper was found unresponsive from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound at his last known address of 915 Vernon Drive as a search warrant was executed. Harper and Montag had been in a previous romantic relationship, however, at the time of the shooting he was an ex-boyfriend.

This incident left one woman, Mary Susan “Susie” Montag, injured who is now in Greenville North Carolina fighting for her life from the physical damages from the gunshot wounds. Susie has her amazing children Anna and Stephen by her side. Susie is showing miraculous signs of hope this morning from public statements by her daughter Anna,

To say this last day has been mind-blowing would be an understatement. An update I’m holding dear to my heart, my mom responded to a verbal command! She is so strong. Keep praying. I appreciate everyone’s support of her and our family at this time. Please keep sending good vibes our way ❤️ #SusieStrong

Heidi Turner shared this morning in a public social media status that Susie had a good night last night moved her leg this morning, was able to squeeze the doctor’s hand in response to verbal commands, as well as reach up her left hand off the bed towards Heidi. Susie has had good vitals, blood pressure and coloring are all good this morning and Susie is looking beautiful as ever. Now it’s just a matter of waiting to wait for further testing for the level of brain activity.

Harper’s body was found at 915 Vernon Drive after detectives had obtained a search warrant for his last known address. The release stated that Harper was dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Harper was the ex-boyfriend of Susie Montag, it is apparent after this incident yesterday that the family had some fear for their own lives as well. Onslow Memorial Hospital has protocol and policy to be on lockdown while the victim was in care for transport said one employee yesterday.

If you are a victim of domestic violence, please protect yourself, first, you have to leave if you are living in the same home, don’t concern with not having the money or a place as many women do, there are resources available to help you on your way. You can begin earning a living once you are out, but you may not if injured severely or killed. Afraid of facing your abuser in court for an ex parte? There’s help for that too, Onslow County has an amazing system set up just for that reason. (NC Courts Onslow County)

The domestic violence system in Onslow County runs in partnership with the Onslow Women’s Center, where victims can file the ex parte applications, the Onlsow County Sheriff’s Office, and Onslow County clerk’s office and District Court. Discussions are being held to add Camp Lejeune as a filing site for military personnel.The domestic violence eFiling process starts and ends at a domestic violence service agency that is separate from the courthouse. The applicant files the petition, is heard by the judge, and receives signed orders and notification regarding service on the defendant all while they are in a secure, remote location. All matters are conducted electronically and through live video feeds with judges, clerks, and sheriff’s deputies, while the victim receives services from the domestic violence agency, such as safety planning, housing, and child care.

The eFiling system saves time and reduces the risk of physical harm to individuals seeking legal protection by eliminating the manual handling of paper filings to the courthouse. Judges can view documents and sign orders quickly and more efficiently. Local law enforcement can access the system and search service documents, forms, and orders online to facilitate faster service. The system will send automated email and text messages to alert the proper parties as specific events occur in the case.

As a survivor of domestic violence, this is something I take very seriously and I encourage anyone, male or female to protect yourself. If it means moving to another town or state, do it. I had to.

There is a gofundme setup to help with the medical and living expenses for Ms. Montag if you would like to contribute. Support for Susie GoFundMe

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact JPD Sergeant Mark Ketchum at 910-938-6412 or or Crime Stoppers at 910-938-5034.

Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards of up to $2,500 for information that is determined to be of value or assistance to law enforcement. Callers to Crime Stoppers may remain anonymous and never have to reveal their identity. Information can also be anonymously texted via Text-A-Tip by typing TIP4CSJAX and your message to 274637 (CRIMES).