Google Home calls authorities, saves woman from being killed

Amazon's Alexa calls 911 during Tijeras domestic violence incident

The device itself would have been Amazon's Echo or Echo Dot speakers, which can be controlled with the virtual assistant Alexa, which responds when users say its name followed by a command, i.e. "Alexa, play country music". But it can also be a lifesaver.

Although Google Home was widely reported to be the smart device which called the cops, ABC News took out any reference to Google Home, adding, "an earlier version named a smart home device that was not the type found in the home and credited by police with calling 911".

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.

During the assault, Barros waved a gun and threatened to kill the woman before he allegedly asked: "Did you call the sheriffs?"

What the suspect said was, "Did you call the sheriff?"

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After police arrived at the residence, they negotiated with the man for hours and were able to take the man into custody peacefully. Except they didn't make the call - their smart home device did.

Smart speakers are arguably the hottest thing in consumer tech right now, as the likes of Amazon, Google and Apple all tussle it out.

"This incredible technology definitely helped save a mother and her child from a very violent situation", said Bernalillo County Sheriff Manuel Gonzales III. Authorities said the woman sustained injuries from the fight but her daughter was unharmed.

A smart speaker may have saved the life of a woman and her daughter during a domestic violence when it called the 911 in New Mexico over the weekend. "This incredible technology definitely helped save a mother and her child from a very violent situation", Bernalillo County Sheriff Manuel Gonzales III told ABC News. He was ordered held without bail on charges that include possession of a firearm, aggravated battery and false imprisonment.

The call operator who picked up the call, after hearing the duel in the background dispatched a SWAT team to the venue. But, it is clear that as more consumers purchase these smart devices, they are being more frequently in one way or another in the justice system.

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