First known incident of a domestic police force using a robot to kill a suspect

Dallas Police Department:We saw no other option but to use our robot and to place a device on the extension. We’ve confirmed he is deceased because of the bomb.

“We cornered one suspect and we tried to negotiate for several hours,” Dallas Police Chief David Brown said during a Friday morning news conference, but “negotiations broke down” and turned into “an exchange of gunfire with the suspect.”

The suspect was identified as Micah Xavier Johnson, 25, a former Army reservist and resident of the Dallas area, two U.S. law enforcement officials said.

Johnson had no known criminal history or ties to terror groups, an official said, and had relatives in Mesquite, Texas, which is just east of Dallas

On May 2 2016 – The Dallas Police Department Explosive Ordinance Unit upgraded it’s equipment with the purchase of a new vehicle, new robots, new bomb suits, and new tools. With the increase in global terror attacks, the Dallas Police Explosive Ordinance Unit wanted to be prepared with the latest technology and equipment, so they can respond to multiple incidents simultaneously. The Explosive Ordinance Unit is a partnership between Dallas Police and Dallas Fire Rescue. The unit responds to calls about suspicious devices all over the North Texas region. The addition of this new equipment will aide in the emergency preparedness of the City of Dallas.

Photo published for Bomb Squad Robot Delivers Pizza, Saves A Man's Life

In the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, soldiers have strapped claymore mines to the $8,000 MARCbot using duct tape to turn them into jury-rigged killing devices. Singer says all indications are that the Dallas Police Department did something similar in this case—it improvised to turn a surveillance robot into a killing machine.

 

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