- A domestic fight, with
- A gun, some injuries, and a threatening question: “Did you call the sheriff?”
- And a smart-home device that fortunately misinterpreted the question as a request to make a call to 911
It did. The police listened, arrived, and prevented even worse mayhem.
New Mexico police report that a smart home device intervened in a domestic violence incident by calling 911. When Eduardo Barros asked “did you call the sheriffs?” as he threatened his girlfriend with a gun during a fight, the device interpreted it as a request to call emergency services. They overheard the altercation and called both negotiators and a SWAT team, who arrested Barros over assault, battery and firearms charges after a stand-off.
Barros’ girlfriend was hurt in the altercation. However, police contend that the situation could have been much worse. County Sheriff Manuel Gonzales believes that the command “possibly helped save a life,” including that of the girlfriend’s daughter (who was thankfully unharmed) –Engadget
Comment: I think the device was really hoping for a robo-cop.