For Immediate Release:
December 30, 2022
Contact: Jerri Mares – (505) 321-4372
ALBUQUERQUE— Today, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas issued the following statement upon the completion of the review of the actions of law enforcement that led to the death of Brett Rosenau on July 6.
“The unfortunate death of 15-year-old Brett Rosenau was avoidable, and it appears that less-lethal tactics to detain the suspect earlier would have mitigated fatal risks,” said Attorney General Balderas. “I am requesting APD Chief Harold Medina and Bernalillo County Sheriff-elect John Allen work together to evaluate safe and effective non-lethal force options during felony apprehensions in order to enhance safety in our community.”
On July 6, 2022, Qiaunt Kelley, a fugitive wanted by the Albuquerque Police Department (APD), was barricaded inside a home with Rosenau for several hours as tactical officers attempted to convince him to surrender. To end the standoff, APD used a tactical device and according to reports, the house caught fire an hour later, resulting in Rosenau’s death.
A copy of the Finding Letter is attached.