The initial media reports indicated that the shooter in Dallas killed himself. Contradictory to those reports Dallas Police Chief relayed information that a robot was rigged with a bomb to take the subject out.
This is the first time a police robot has killed anyone in the United States, robots have been used for other nonlethal offensive actions in recent years. In 2014, for example, Albuquerque Police used a robot to deploy “chemical munitions” into a motel room where a suspect was holed up to force the suspect to surrender.
Rigging a bomb to a robot designed for other things isn’t exactly Robocop or Skynet, but it still raises a slew of new questions for the future of law enforcement. Security researcher Matt Blaze, who directs the Distributed Systems Lab at the University of Pennsylvania, tweeted one such concern, regarding how an armed robot could be controlled and secured: