Bomb squad responds to suspicious death investigation in Northeast Albuquerque

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – It was a bizarre situation Saturday night as police were called to a death that later ended up involving the department’s bomb squad.

The 911 call came in around 11 p.m. Saturday from a home on Mesilla near Constitution, which is across I-40 from the Winrock shopping center.

Police say someone said their roommate had shot himself. When officers arrived they found a 38-year-old man dead from an apparent gunshot wound, but investigators say the death seems suspicious.

While on scene, investigators say they discovered what appeared to be improvised explosive devices in the home. The bomb squad was called out and arrived around 4 a.m. The bomb squad didn’t finish clearing the home, using a robot, until Sunday afternoon.

Constitution, Mesilla and surrounding streets were blocked off for hours.

APD spokesman Ofc. Simon Drobik called the devices “booby trap”-like.

“To continue the investigation, we had to render the property safe and now we have a violent crimes callout on our hands and we’re investigating what happened to this individual found deceased inside the residence,” Drobik said.

While police weren’t able to say whether the devices were concluded to be real or live, they told KRQE News 13 that ATF was notified of the incident.

As for the man found dead inside the home, his name has yet to be released pending notification to his family.

The death is being treated as suspicious. No one is in custody at this time.

KRQE News 13 will provide updates as details are made available.

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