Tuesday, 12 April 2011


Naked man shoots SWAT robot

A Florida man is facing charges after he shot a SWAT robot while in the nude, police say.

The robot was sent into the man's West Melbourne home last week after someone called police and said the man intended to commit suicide and would harm anyone who tried to stop him, the Brevard County Sheriff's Office said.

So police decided to send in the remotely operated robot, which is mounted with four cameras. Police say the robot recorded the suicidal man as he burst out of a bedroom carrying an AK-47. He shot the $65,000 US robot four times, severely damaging it, officials said.

The violent reaction prompted officials to evacuate nearby homes. But police said the standoff eventually ended peacefully with the man surrendering to officers -- fully clothed.

He was taken into custody and is undergoing a mental health evaluation, police said. He is charged with criminal mischief.

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