Albuquerque police report today that a concealed-carry weapon permit holder lethally shot a armed man.
As SFR reported Wednesday, the New Mexico Department of Public Safety has issued "26,860 permits since lawmakers approved the concealed-carry permit a decade ago." Since 2007, the number of permits has spiked by 283 percent.
According to a release by the Albuquerque Police Department:
On Tuesday night near midnight, Jose Beltran was returning home from work when he noticed a man later identified as Jonathan Mitchell standing in his driveway. Beltran circled the block and called his family inside, telling them to get in a safe place. "When he pulled in front of his home again, the man (Mitchell) was still in his driveway and brandished the weapon again upon seeing Beltran," states the release. "Then according to Beltran, the man then left on foot yelling profanities."
One of the occupants inside the home called a neighbor, Donnie Pearson. Police report that Pearson has a concealed-carry permit and a weapon in his vehicle. Pearson and his 15 year-old son "drove from their home to check on their neighbor's welfare." Mitchell ran from Beltran's residence into the open garage of a nearby residence. Pearson slowed his vehicle down by the open garage when Mitchell, "quickly stepped out and fired his gun at Pearson and his son who were sitting in their vehicle."
"The 15-year-old took shelter on the floorboard of the vehicle and Pearson," states the news release, "...then retrieved his firearm and returned fire."
"The shooting took place in Mitchell’s garage nearby Beltran’s residence where he was originally spotted in their driveway with the gun," the release states. "After he was shot, Mitchell ran into another neighbor’s yard where Mitchell collapsed and expired."
Detectives interviewed the parties involved in the shooting and consulted with the district attorney's office.
"An arrest will not be made at this time," states the release, "and the case will be forwarded to the DA’s office."