Sher­iff cred­its smart de­vice for help­ing in call

The Denver Post - - BUSINESS - By The As­so­ci­ated Press

TIJERAS, N.M.» A 911 call be­lieved to have been trig­gered by a voice­ac­ti­vated smart de­vice was cred­ited with alert­ing sher­iff’s deputies in New Mex­ico’s mostly pop­u­lous county to a po­ten­tially deadly do­mes­tic vi­o­lence call, but author­i­ties on Mon­day were un­able to ex­plain how the call went through.

Ber­nalillo County Sher­iff Manuel Gon­za­les said only that tech­nol­ogy “def­i­nitely helped save a mother and her child from a very vi­o­lent sit­u­a­tion.”

Based on the vic­tim’s state­ments and a record­ing of the last week’s 911 call, author­i­ties be­lieve a voice­ac­ti­vated smart de­vice trig­gered the emer­gency call af­ter the sus­pect had asked the wo­man if she had called the sher­iff.

The wo­man could be heard dur­ing the call yelling “Alexa, call 911.”

Sher­iff’s spokes­woman Deputy Feli­cia Romero ac­knowl­edged that she’s not sure what de­vice might have been used.

When they ar­rived at the home in the moun­tains east of Albuquerque on July 2, they found the wo­man out­side. She had swelling and bruis­ing on her face and red marks on her body.

Af­ter a stand­off that lasted sev­eral hours Ed­uardo Bar­ros was taken him into cus­tody with the help of a po­lice dog.

He’s now fac­ing charges in­clud­ing ag­gra­vated bat­tery and be­ing a felon in pos­ses­sion of a firearm.

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