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Dallas Police Reveal Model Of Robot Used To Kill Shooting Suspect

The Dallas Police Department said it deployed the device "as a last resort"

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Dallas Police use a robot in June 2015. — Getty Images
Jul 10, 2016 at 10:32 AM ET

The device used to kill a shooting suspect in Thursday’s attack on police officers in Dallas was a Remotec robot, the Dallas Police Department said in a brief statement on Saturday. Remotec is a subsidiary of security company Northrup Grumman.

The Dallas police said the robot was a model F-5 and that it used a C4 explosive. It had a claw and arm extension, as well as a “det” cord.

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The department described the use of the robot as a “last resort,” and said it delivered a blast to protect those who were threatened in Thursday’s attack. “When all attempts to negotiate with the suspect, Micah Johnson, failed under the exchange of gunfire, the Department utilized the mechanical tactical robot, as a last resort, to deliver an explosion device to save the lives of officers and citizens,” the Dallas Police Department said.

Thursday’s attack unfolded when gunfire rang out during a protest in downtown Dallas, and ended when the blast killed Johnson, the suspected shooter. Officials believe he acted alone. The incident marked the first time this kind of robot was used on U.S. soil to kill a civilian as a means of policing, say experts.

Five police officers died in the shooting, making it the deadliest day for law enforcement officials since the terror attacks on September 11, 2001.