Police: Smart home device called 911 during domestic dispute

Eduardo Barros asked his girlfriend during the argument if she “called the sheriffs” and the device recognized that as a voice command


By PoliceOne Staff

TIJERAS, N.M. — Police said a smart home device alerted them to a domestic dispute.

Eduardo Barros was house-sitting with his girlfriend and her daughter on July 2 when they got into a physical altercation, ABC News reported. 

Police said Barros pulled a gun and threatened to kill his girlfriend. He allegedly asked his girlfriend during the argument if she “called the sheriffs.” The device thought it was a voice command and called 911.

“The unexpected use of this new technology to contact emergency services has possibly helped save a life. This amazing technology definitely helped save a mother and her child from a very violent situation," Sheriff Manuel Gonzales III said in a statement.

Police responded and removed the woman and her daughter from the scene. The woman suffered injuries from the altercation but did not go to the hospital. The daughter was unharmed. 

Deputy Felicia Romero told ABC that a crisis negotiation team and a SWAT team were deployed to the home and took Barros into custody after an hours-long standoff.

Barros is facing charges of possession of a firearm or destructive device by a felon, aggravated battery against a household member, aggravated assault against a household member and false imprisonment. 

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