David S. Mitchell, 23
A man who allegedly threw fireworks at Kingsport children — then engaged in an altercation with a father who took issue — faces multiple charges, including resisting arrest after a scuffle with officers.
The suspect's mother was also arrested. Police say she lied when questioned about her son's identity, meriting a charge of false reporting.
According to records at the Kingsport Police Department, at approximately 9:30 p.m. Wednesday a disturbance was reported on Watterson Street. Upon arrival the complainant said a neighbor alerted him to the incident, stating a man was "throwing fireworks" at children.
The complainant told police he then walked to a neighboring apartment building, 3605 Watterson St., to retrieve his son from the area. Police say that while getting his child the father engaged in an argument with the alleged fireworks thrower, David S. Mitchell, 23, of 195 Okolona Road, Apartment 16, Church Hill.
As the father and son walked away, Mitchell allegedly pursued them "cursing and yelling." According to the complainant, Mitchell then pulled a silver handgun from his waistband and threatened, "I will drop you right here."
The alleged victim told police that at that time he quit arguing with Mitchell, whom he had never met before, and returned home to dial 911.
Responding officers went to Building 3605 to speak with Mitchell, who reportedly provided officers with a false name on multiple occasions. Police report his mother, Donna J. Mitchell, 49, of 1225 Reedy Place, Apartment 91, was also on scene and did likewise when asked for her son's identity.
It was only after checking David Mitchell's Social Security number that officers got a positive ID, with his mother allegedly stating she lied because she "didn't want him to get in trouble." She was arrested and charged with false reporting.
An incident report states a witness corroborated the angry father's account of Mitchell throwing fireworks at children. That individual reportedly observed the subsequent verbal altercation between the father and Mitchell but stated they did not see a gun.
A consent search of Donna Mitchell's vehicle, and the apartment the Mitchell's were visiting, did not locate a weapon.
According to the police report, Mitchell was unsteady on his feet and spoke with slurred speech, "as if he were about to fall asleep." He also emitted an odor of alcohol, prompting his arrest for public intoxication. He was charged with criminal impersonation due to allegedly providing officers with a false name.
While Mitchell was being walked to a patrol car he perked up, according to police, and violently jerked away from an officer. He then fell to the ground, with multiple officers having to forcibly place him into the squad car.
Once inside, Mitchell allegedly began beating his head against a window. While en route to jail police had to pull to the side of the road, attempting to make Mitchell stop banging his head. An officer notes they feared he would "hurt himself or damage my vehicle."
Due to his alleged insubordination to police commands, and attempting to jerk away from the arresting officer, Mitchell was additionally charged with resisting arrest.