12/13/2010

Police robot shines in Wisc. standoff

By Erin Richards
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

The machine can climb stairs, open doors, defuse bombs and deploy its water cannon like a 12-gauge shotgun.

It can also, as evidenced by events that unfolded Friday on the shoulder of westbound I-94 near 19th St., approach two potentially dangerous suspects holed up in an SUV, transmit instructions from a hostage negotiator sitting safely in a nearby truck, and punch out the rear window of the suspects' stolen car.

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