Smart home device, Google Home, apparently did exactly as it heard and “called the sheriffs” after a man involved in a domestic dispute threatened his girlfriend.
ABC reports that Eduardo Barros got into an altercation with his girlfriend at a Tijeras, New Mexico, home last week and according to the Bernalillo County Sheriff Department, the verbal altercation turned physical. Barros reportedly accused the victim of cheating on him after she got a text message, and began hitting and kicking her.
“Did you call the sheriffs?” Barros asked his girlfriend while allegedly holding a gun.
Google Home picked up on his question and alerted 911. Authorities arrived and removed the girlfriend and her minor daughter from the residence. The girlfriend was injured from the altercation but declined medical treatment.
Meanwhile, Barros kept himself locked inside the home while authorities negotiated with him to surrender. After several hours, a SWAT team and crisis negotiators talked the suspect into turning himself in.
“The unexpected use of this new technology to contact emergency services has possibly helped save a life. This amazing technology definitely helped save a mother and her child from a very violent situation,” Bernalillo County Sheriff Manuel Gonzales II told ABC News in a statement.
Barros was arrested and taken to the Bernalillo County jail. He faces charges of aggravated battery against a household member, aggravated assault against a household member, false imprisonment, and possession of a firearm or destructive device by a felon. He’s being held without bond.
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