The hero of this story is a machine.
After 'Alexa', Amazon’s virtual assistant program, picked up a key phrase during a domestic dispute, police were called to the scene automatically. It potentially saved the woman’s life.
The incident occurred in New Mexico. Eduardo Barros, a 28-year-old convicted felon, found a text message on his girlfriend’s phone. Which happens all the time, frankly.
But in this case, Barros went berserk and started waving a gun at the unidentified woman, whose young child was in the house as well. According to the woman, he threatened to kill her.
Then, at some point, Barros said the phrase, “Did you call the sheriffs?” That triggered a smart speaker to actually (and ironically) call the police – it dialed 911 all by itself and alerted the authorities to what was happening.
When he realized what had happened, the man went even more insane, throwing the woman to the ground and kicking her repeatedly. Thankfully, police arrived on scene quickly and were able to get both the woman and her child out of the house. Barros, meanwhile, had to be removed by a combination of negotiators and SWAT. He’s being held without bail on multiple charges.
“The unexpected use of this new technology to contact emergency services has possibly helped save a life,” according to the county sheriff. “This amazing technology definitely helped save a mother and her child from a very violent situation.”
Way to go Alexa!