JPD: Teen charged with shooting, killing mother’s boyfriend


JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – A shooting at a plaza in Jackson left tenants shaken up. Police said a 14-year-old shot and killed a man.

The shooting happened on Northview Drive Monday afternoon. They believe an argument led up to the shooting.

According to investigators, the teen, who has been identified as Brandon Smith, shot his mother’s boyfriend, 37-year-old Donsades Curtis, in the head. The teen has been charged with murder.

Witnesses said Curtis had a shop called Young, Fly and Cocky. The shooting happened outside the store.

Versie Pilton said his wife tried to save the victim after he was shot.

“That’s what my wife has done for the last 40 years, worked as a nurse. So automatic, her instinct is going to be to save someone even if the situation has not calmed down,” he explained.

Pilton’s wife was at a hair salon when the shooting happened. She checked the man’s pulse, and her hair dresser tried to give Curtis CPR.

Witnesses said they saw police handcuff the teen and take him away in a patrol car.

“I think one of the major problems with the city of Jackson is that there is an overwhelming, a lot of crime in the city of Jackson. And I think some of it could be prevented, and I think that as citizens that’s what we need to be standing up for, trying to prevent some of this crime from happening,” said Pilton.

Chief James Davis said this was another senseless shooting.

Witnesses said they had an issue with the police response time. They said they called 911 at 3:00 p.m., and the officers didn’t get there until 3:30 p.m.

“They should have enough officers that it doesn’t take them 30 minutes to get to a crime scene,” said Pilton.

Chief Davis strongly refuted that statement saying it took officers two minutes to respond.


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