Smart speaker calls cops to break up a domestic disturbance
A week ago, Eduardo Barros was house-sitting in Tijeras with his girlfriend and her daughter. A dispute between the adults eventually became physical and Barros, who was carrying a firearm, threatened to kill his girlfriend. He asked her, "Did you call the sheriff?" The home that Barros, his girlfriend and daughter were in happened to have a smart speaker system hooked into a surround sound set up. So when Barros asked his girlfriend if she called the sheriff, it was mistakenly converted into a command to call law enforcement.
When the cops arrived, they removed the girlfriend and her daughter from the scene. The girlfriend had sustained some injuries, but did not require a trip to the hospital. Barros held the cops off for a few hours before the SWAT team and crisis negotiators were called in. After finally giving up, the boyfriend was charged with 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. Authorities said that the smart speaker might have saved a life by calling 9-1-1 when it did.
Earlier reports said that the smart speaker involved in this story was a Google Home unit, but later versions removed any reference to a specific model.