Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Robot Shot During Violent Standoff

Sheriff’s Department robot shot during standoff
By Diana M. Alba
Sep 7, 2005, 11:59 pm

A 44-year-old man was arrested Monday after allegedly shooting a SWAT team robot during a six-hour standoff.
[The suspect] in northwest Las Cruces, shot the county’s special response team robot as Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Department officers were trying to persuade him to leave his house.

[The suspect] has a mental illness and had not been taking his medication, according to the sheriff’s department.

Officers arrived around 7:30 a.m. to find him barricaded in a room.
The special response team sent its robot into the house to negotiate with him, Granados said.

Granados said the robot was outside the room in which [the suspect] had barricaded himself when he reportedly fired at it two times through a door.

The sheriff’s department is getting estimates on the cost of the damage to the robot, Granados said.
“It’s better for that to have gotten hurt than a deputy,” he said.

Las Cruces Sun-News Sheriff’s Department robot shot during standoff


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