State Police to review fatal shooting investigation

Jonathan Mitchell

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – New Mexico State Police has agreed to conduct a thorough review of the investigation conducted after a man was shot and killed by his neighbor nearly a year ago.

Donnie Pearson shot and killed Jonathan Mitchell – calling it self defense – and no charges were ever filed against him.

The incident happened in mid-March 2013 after Pearson and his son took off in his SUV after hearing about a 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.

Jonathan Mitchell’s father, Isaac Mitchell, insists his son was murdered and that charges should have been filed against Pearson. He also says there were holes in the investigation.

Last week, the NAACP picketed the office of Bernalillo County District Attorney Kari Brandenburg because she has not brought about those charges.

According to a news release issued by the State of New Mexico Department of Public Safety on Monday, the review will be conducted by the Investigations Bureau of State Police. APD has provided them with the investigation.

The review will be conducted in the wake of a formal request made by APD, the 2nd Judicial District Attorney’s Office and Jonathan Mitchell’s family. 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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