Last year, police in Arkansas investigating a 2015 murder seized an Amazon Echo smart speaker from a home where a man was allegedly strangled to death in a hot tub.
Trey Forgety, director of government affairs and information and security issues for NENA: The 9-1-1 Association, said he would be "sort of surprised" if Alexa could respond as it was described by officials.
Smart home devices are living up to their name in more ways than anyone could ever imagine. It's not the same as asking Siri or Google Assistant on your phones to call 911, because they actually have a mobile network attached to them.
According to KRQE, Barros saw the text message and became angry, accusing the woman of cheating on him.
Despite the interest in the story, police in new Mexico said that it would not further investigate which device made the call and exactly how it's done.
The boyfriend reportedly said to his partner, gun still in hand: "did you call the sheriffs?" when something wonderful happened.
The victim said she thought she was going to be killed or shot, police said. Authorities say he threatened to killer her and asked if she had called the sheriff's office.
It then prompted the device to "contact law enforcement", the statement said, and the woman was heard yelling "Alexa, call 911" during the emergency call.
Barros was arrested after a six-hour standoff with the Bernalillo County Sheriff's Office SWAT team. She sustained injuries but was not taken to hospital. But it turns out these new technological devices can also saved lives, as was proven recently at an altercation in a household in New Mexico, America. He was also charged with false imprisonment.
It was first reported that the device was a Google Home device, but this was later changed.