Wheelchair gunman surrenders to police robot


32 Responses to “Wheelchair gunman surrenders to police robot”

  1. phisrow says:

    “Dead or alive, you’re coming with me.”

    Second? :)

  2. Xander Crews says:

    On second thought, it’s kinda disheartening we skipped the entire monkey-cop generation of crime fighting and went straight to robots.

  3. Anonymous says:

    We didn’t skip it, Xander.


  4. mindysan33 says:

    Edgar Jomfru? Revengencers?

  5. zikzak says:

    Interesting that this is covered in a British paper, since it’s a pretty small-time story that you wouldn’t normally expect to see outside a local paper.

    I guess the robotic law enforcement angle is especially meaningful in the UK – that whole “safer living through authoritarian technology” narrative?

  6. Jason Rizos says:

    Will this finally give Skynet the evidence it needs to proceed?

  7. KeithIrwin says:

    This story is from a couple of weeks back. There was a bunch of coverage at the time. I can tell you this from what I recall reading:
    He did get the pizza and shared it with his hostages.

    From the sounds of things, it also seemed like one of the hostages sort of established a rapport with him and helped talk him down as well.

    • Xopher says:

      See?! I was right! Giving him the pizza was the right thing to do!

      I was thinking of the hungry hostages. Nine hours, what do you expect?

      So take THAT you stingy people! :-)

    • stegodon says:

      at the risk of sounding flippant about what i’m sure was a serious/tense situation, i gotta say, getting hooked up with pizza would really help the stockholm syndrome along for me

      • Xopher says:

        I suspect that the hostages were saying they were hungry, and that that may be part of how one hostage built rapport. Once the pizza was there and they shared it, the gunman’s surrender was just a matter of patience. Fortunately it appears that someone outside the PO noticed that fact.

        Seriously, when I made my first post in this thread, I thought the joke was that OF COURSE you give pizza to the hostage-taker! That’s easy, and builds trust and goodwill, which is what you need in a hostage negotiation. I didn’t think that would be in any way controversial except among the drooling macho-fantasy types, who think you should gas the whole building rather than waste police time trying to save a few hostages.

        Fortunately they don’t show up here too often any more.

  8. dexcox says:

    i want a robot to arrest me too

  9. justanotherusername says:

    What a picture. It could hardly have been improved if it was staged.

  10. dculberson says:

    From the photo, I assumed the robot was armed and wondered how one of those clumsy things could threaten anyone – even someone in a wheelchair. Turns out it’s just checking him for explosives.. makes more sense.

  11. RedShirt77 says:

    Was the robot programmed to call him a “punk” before taking him into custody?

  12. Anonymous says:

    It was a fairly small town. People knew the guy, and he wasn’t that bad a guy. They knew what had happened to him. They were sorry for him and they didn’t want him to get hurt; and they were reasonably sure he didn’t really want to hurt anybody.

    Not so much establishing empathy as reminding each other of the empathy that already existed.


    Did the robot deliver the pizza first?

    Do they ever put a flash grenade in the pizza box? Mmmmm… flash grenade pizza.

  14. mypalmike says:

    Nice software.

  15. Hawley says:

    obese bionic gunman surrenders to robot overlord

  16. Anonymous says:

    I remember this episode of Riptide.

  17. mneptok says:

    In the near future this headline will be Wheelchair Police Surrender To Robot Gunman.

  18. Anonymous says:

    For more information about the robot, read the story from the regional paper that covered the story. They did a special piece on the robot:


  19. GoDownMoses says:

    My dream police robot is part vending machine, part entertainment center, negotiating snacks/drinks/dvds in exchange for hostages. Maybe throw in a foot massage and drop him a few Oxycontin.

  20. A New Challenger says:

    Mayor Mike Haggar was unavailable for comment at press time.

  21. Anonymous says:

    Actually, during the (first?) Persian Gulf war there was video of Iraqi soldiers trying to surrender to drone aircraft.

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  23. glaborous immolate says:

    “Please put down your weapon. You have 20 seconds to comply. ”

    First? :)

  24. Xopher says:

    I will take a brave and politically unpopular stand: they should have given him the pizza.

  25. Xander Crews says:

    Hey look it’s Tachikoma’s great, great, grandfather!

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