ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The Albuquerque Police Department says that a search for a suspect who called dispatchers saying he shot his mother was an incident of swatting. APD reports that around 10:31 p.m. on Tuesday, officers arrived in the area of 1st Street and Gold after dispatch received a call from a male subject stating he shot his mother, was going to shoot officers and had made bombs in his apartment.
Officers arrived at the scene and were forced to break out one of the apartment’s front windows in order to gain access to the building. While officers were trying to make their way to the apartment in question, police cleared the hallway and attempted to evacuate the floors.
APD reports a female resident of the building told officers that she had received a call from her son warning her that someone was “swatting him.” The female resident was able to provide police with audio from a group chat that was sent to her son that allegedly was the same call dispatch had received.
Police report subjects could be heard in the background of the recording laughing. The female resident told authorities that her son believes the subjects who created the fake call do not live in the area and that her son was the target of the fake call.
Police cleared the scene believing the call was a hoax.