ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The Albuquerque Police Department activated a SWAT callout around 9:37 p.m. Wednesday night near 8100 San Joaquin Ave. APD Police Chief Harold Medina said officers were conducting surveillance on a wanted suspect with a felony warrant who is connected to several high-profile incidents around the city.
Medina said SWAT was called when the suspect, identified as Qiaunt Kelly, barricaded themself in the house and refused to leave. Medina said that during the SWAT situation, different types of munitions were used and at about 1:00 a.m., one munition was put into a room in the home. Officials say around 3:30 a.m. Thursday, a fire broke out at the residence. APD is investigating to see if the munition is connected to the fire. The Arson Unit with the Albuquerque Fire Rescue is assisting in that investigation.
Albuquerque Fire Rescue was able to assist in extinguishing the fire. Medina says at that point, Kelly exited the home and was taken into custody.
During an investigation of the home, officers found a second individual who was dead. Medina said the cause of the death is being investigated and their identity is still unknown. He said more of an update will be provided once the Office of the Medical Investigator finishes its investigation.
Medina said a family was displaced due to this incident and the individuals involved in today’s standoff did not live at the home. The city’s Community Safety Department was called out to assist the displaced family.
Chief Medina said they have no indication that shots were fired by APD. Officials ask if anyone has any video or information related to this incident to contact them.