In a first report of its kind, it is revealed that one of the suspects in the Dallas shooting spree which left at least five police officers dead and seven others wounded was eliminated when a robot delivered and detonated explosives where he was holed up. Attempts by a hostage negotiator to persuade the suspect to surrender were unsuccessful, and he exchanged fire with the police during the standoff.
“We saw no other option but to use our bomb robot and place a device on its extension for it to detonate where the subject was,” Dallas Police Chief David Brown said. “Other options would have exposed our officers to grave danger.”
Though exact details of the robot used is still not known bomb disposal robots typically work like advanced remote-controlled vehicles, featuring camera feeds that are transmitted back to operators so that they can direct the units in potentially dangerous situations from afar.
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