The use of a bomb disposal robot to kill Micah Xavier Johnson is believed to be a first for police.
“In my 38 years of law enforcement I’ve never known a robot to be used by police for an offensive situation like this,” said Dan Libby, a former chief of police in Punta Gorda, Florida, who works as an instructor in police tactics.
Bomb disposal robots are generally equipped with a “trigger” device such as a 12-gauge shotgun shell, concussion grenade, or water cannon that can be fired at a bomb to detonate it. “The idea is to shoot at the suspect device, not usually at a person. But in a situation like they had in Dallas, you use whatever means possible and I take my hat off to them,” Mr Libby said.