APD Botched SWAT Call Update: 1 Teen Dead, 1 Dog Dead, and House Destroyed
By: ABQRAW staff
Posted: 7/8/2022 @ 3:15PM
SE Albuquerque -
On July 7th, 2022, the Albuquerque Police Department was trying to apprehend Quiant Kelley on a federal felony warrant. Police say Kelley and a teenage boy were about to be detained when they ran into 8109 San Joaquin Ave SE. APD initiated a SWAT call for barricaded subjects.
Around 1AM, a YouTube video shows a loud bang from the scene and people in the video show concern as smoke is seen coming from the house. Albuquerque Fire Rescue said they responded for a fire call at 2:45AM. Due to the security threat inside, fire fighters fought the fire in a defensive strategy (using water suppression and fire fighting from outside of the structure).
It is unknown the exact time Kelley surrendered to police and was taken into custody. When police finally entered the house a 14-year-old male was found dead inside. There were at least two dogs inside the residence and one died during the fire. Later in the day an Animal Control Officer from the City of Albuquerque was seen taking a dog in a plastic bag to a truck.
A City of Albuquerque Animal Control officer removes a large dead dog from 8109 San Joaquin Ave SE.
Family members who owned the house have stated that Kelley and the teenager did not live in the residence. Kelley has a New Mexico criminal record dating back to 2014 and the charges range from traffic violations, felony battery, felony robbery, felony aggravated assault, and conspiracy to commit unlawful taking a motor vehicle.
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APD left crime scene tape like this strewn around the neighborhood where the SWAT situation happened. This image was taken a day later from the incident.
The Albuquerque Police Department held two press conferences about this SWAT call that resulted in the child and dog deaths. ABQ RAW has been banned access to these press conferences unlike like other corporate media outlets.
We would have asked questions on the preparedness of the APD SWAT team. We have reported in depth on the SWAT team problems. https://www.abqraw.com/post/apd-swat-team-not-fully-staffed-other-agencies-helping-with-abq-swat-call-outs
A multi agency task force is investigating what happened during this SWAT call and a report should be finished in a few months. It is still unclear how the fire inside the home began.