NAACP, family demands justice in fatal shooting

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The NAACP picketed the office of Bernalillo County District Attorney Kari Brandenburg on Friday because she has not brought charges against a man who shot and killed his black neighbor.

It has been nearly a year since Jonathan Mitchell was shot and killed by his neighbor, Donnie Pearson.

Jonathan Mitchell’s father, Isaac Mitchell, insisted that the shooting death of his son was murder, and there were holes in the police investigation.

“Donnie went out one night, hunted my son down, and shot him,” Isaac Mitchell said.

In mid-March 2013, Pearson and his son took off in his SUV after hearing about a man in his Ventana Ranch neighborhood with a gun.

Police helicopter video captured Iraq war veteran Jonathan Mitchell, who had PTSD and had been drinking, return to his own house and fire a shot as Pearson pulled up.

Seconds later, Pearson fired back, killing Jonathan Mitchell.

Pearson said it was self-defense and APD didn’t recommend charges.

District Attorney Brandenburg told News 13 she reached the same initial conclusion, but after meeting with Isaac Mitchell in November, she agreed to have the FBI review the case.

The FBI told KRQE News 13 there isn’t sufficient reason to justify opening a civil rights investigation or any other federal criminal investigation.

Brandenburg said State Police will now evaluate if it’s appropriate for them to look into the case.

“We will move on it as quickly as possible,” Brandenburg said. “We want to make sure we do the right thing, and if that takes time, we want to take the time.”

The NAACP disputes Pearson’s claims, saying he instigated a confrontation by circling the neighborhood. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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