Washington: The Dallas shooting has sparked off a controversy after the police force used a robot to plant and detonate a bomb to kill a suspect.
Dallas Police Chief David Brown said, “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. Other options would have exposed our officers to grave danger. Attempts by a hostage negotiator to persuade the suspect to surrender were unsuccessful, and he exchanged fire with the police during the standoff.”
Three other suspects are in custody, according to police. A senior U.S. law enforcement official familiar with the investigation identified the deceased suspect as Micah Xavier Johnson.
The way the robot was used in the Dallas case is likely legally no different from sending an officer in to shoot a hostile suspect, according to University of Washington law professor Ryan Calo.