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15-year-old dies of smoke inhalation during SWAT raid

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Albuquerque– Officials in New Mexico are currently investigating after a 15-year-old became a causality of a SWAT raid. The incident occurred at a home in southeast Albuquerque on July 7th.  Authorities say they were searching for 27-year-old Qiaunt Kelley, who was reportedly in violation of his parole for armed carjacking and stolen vehicle charges.  Kelley was also wanted for questioning concerning two shootings.  Officials say they tracked down Kelley but he fled to a home in the 8100 block of San Joaquin. The 15-year-old victim followed Kelley inside and became barricaded in the home with him.   After trying to convince the suspect and the victim to exit the home, the SWAT team deployed Tear gas into the home using a drone. Authorities eventually noticed smoke coming from the home before it caught fire.  Kelley came out of the home and was treated for burns before being transported to an area jail for outstanding warrants.  The teen was found dead inside the home.   According to the report, the teen died as a result of smoke inhalation.  “In our effort to track down and arrest a violent criminal, a young person tragically lost his life,” police Chief Harold Medina said in the release. “I know many people in our community are hurting right now, and appreciate everyone’s patience while the incident is thoroughly investigated. If any of our actions inadvertently contributed to his death, we will take steps to ensure this never happens again.” Authorities also reported that at no point did they fire their weapons and acknowledged that while not common, there is a possibility that the devices used to introduce the gas into the home could have started the fire. 

The situation is currently under investigation.