“Did you call the sheriffs?”
That allegedly was the question asked by Eduardo Barros of his girlfriend, while they were house-sitting with his girlfriend’s daughter in Tijeras, New Mexico.
As ABC News reports, Barros and his girlfriend had allegedly begun to argue. Barros was, police say, threatening her with a firearm.
The smart home device, however, seems to have taken the question “Did you call the sheriffs?” as an instruction. It called 911.
Soon, sheriffs arrived and de-escalated the situation. The smart home device was said to be connected to a surround-sound speaker system.
“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,” Bernalillo County Sheriff Manuel Gonzales III told ABC News.
The Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.
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SOURCE: Cnet, Chris Matyszczyk