“Eduardo Barros was house-sitting with his girlfriend and her daughter Sunday night at a residence in Tijeras, some 15 miles east of Albuquerque,” abcnews.go.com reports. “The couple got into an argument and the altercation became physical.”
Barros allegedly wielded a firearm and threatened to kill his girlfriend, asking her: “Did you call the sheriffs?”
Time to call the cavalry! Or let Google Home do it for you.
A smart speaker, which was hooked up to a surround sound system inside the home, recognized that as a voice command and called 911, Romero said.
The sheriff’s department said deputies arrived on scene and were able to remove the woman and her daughter from the residence. The woman sustained injuries from the altercation but was not taken to a hospital. Her daughter was unharmed, according to Romero.
A crisis negotiation team, as well as a SWAT team, were deployed to the home and were able to take Barros into custody after an hours-long stand-off, Romero said.
We don’t know of any instances where a Google Home or Echo user inadvertently swatted themselves, but you have been warned. Maybe it’s just me, but I wouldn’t let those two talk to each other, either.