Smart home device calls the police during domestic dispute

Smart home device calls the police during domestic dispute

Smart home device calls the police during domestic dispute

How do you feel about smart home devices like the Amazon Echo or the Google Home? But it can also be a lifesaver.

An Amazon Echo smart speaker at a home in New Mexico automatically dialed police in the middle of an alleged domestic incident, according to ABC News.

ABC News reports Eduardo Barros and his girlfriend were house-sitting over the weekend along with his girlfriend's daughter, when an argument broke out between the couple. Barros accused the victim of cheating and "stated he was going to kill her if she called the cops", the complaint said. Barros held the cops off for a few hours before the SWAT team and crisis negotiators were called in. "This fantastic technology definitely helped save a mother and her child from a very violent situation", Bernalillo County Sheriff Manuel Gonzales III told ABC News.

The device called 911 and that's how deputies say they were alerted to a domestic violence incident in the East Mountains last week.

Barros has been charged with possession of a firearm or destructive device by a felon, aggravated battery and aggravated assault against a household member, and false imprisonment.

The argument became violent; Barros threatened to shoot the woman, whose name is being withheld, before hitting her in the face with a handgun, authorities said in a statement released Monday.

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We know how useful smart speakers can be.

"This awesome technology definitely helped save a mother and her child from a very violent situation", said Bernalillo County Sheriff Manuel Gonzales III.

'This fantastic technology definitely helped save a mother and her child from a very violent situation'.

The child was unharmed; the woman received facial injuries but declined medical attention, according to police.

Deputy Romero said the smart speaker's 911 call exist, the line was left open, and deputies overheard the fight and the woman saying, "Alexa, call 911" in the background. Similarly, Amazon Alexa devices can only do so if asked properly by asking it, "Alexa, call." and saying the contact's name. So, if you've been wanting to get a smart assistant for your home, or get a jump start on Christmas shopping, now is a good time for it.

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