US police use robot dog to thwart attack – media

Massachusetts State Police responded to an incident using SPOT, a robotic canine companion.

The police department was alerted to an incident involving a hostile and armed suspect who attempted to fire rounds at officers.

In response, the officers deployed two robots known as PacBot and SPOT, the four-legged dog-like robot as first spotted.

These bots were used in an attempt to locate the suspect, who had barricaded himself inside the residence, as reported by MSPNews.

SPOT can be controlled remotely, which allows officers to remain safe while gathering necessary information about the suspect and the situation.

The bot can walk upstairs, re-establish its position if knocked down, and is surprisingly resilient when it comes to being attacked.

SPOT was shot three times, lost communication, and sustained damage, rendering it inoperable. It was created by a company called Boston Dynamics, a robotics company that’s creating “highly mobile robots” intended to manage industrial tasks, its website states.

The robot, fondly referred to as Roscoe, was taken into Boston Dynamics for repairs, but the company wanted to keep this SPOT for research purposes.

The company stated that this was the first time one of the robots had been shot, as reported and first spotted by The Guardian.

In a post on X, the Massachusetts State Police said that one of their “robot dogs did his job spectacularly: while clearing a house occupied by an armed barricaded man, Roscoe took three rounds fired by the suspect. Roscoe's capabilities prevented a human officer from being in the line of fire.”

The MSPNews article states that the police force and fire department in Massachusetts are “committed to using advanced technology to resolve hostile situations,” as this removes the need for human contact in potentially dangerous situations.