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LAPD SWAT Deploys Robot Police Dog During Standoff With Man Sleeping Next to BB Gun

Early media reports and a tweet from the LAPD suggested that the man on the bus had a “firearm” at his feet. However, this afternoon, an LAPD spokesperson confirmed with L.A. TACO that only a “BB gun” was recovered from the scene.

photo via Boston Dynamics/Instagram|

photo via Boston Dynamics/Instagram

Early Wednesday morning, the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) deployed their recently acquired $278,000 robot police dog during a standoff with a man believed to be armed, who reportedly fell asleep on a bus in Hollywood.

Officers were sent to the area of Western and Melrose avenues just before 4 AM, according to LAPD Spokesperson Drake Madison, in response to a “man with a gun radio call.” 

Early media reports and a tweet from the LAPD suggested that the man on the bus had a “firearm” at his feet. However, this afternoon, LAPD Spokesperson Drake Madison confirmed with L.A. TACO that only a “BB gun” was recovered from the scene.

The man was taken into custody at about 6:30 AM, and no injuries were reported, police said. His name was not immediately available.

This is at least the second time the LAPD has used their robot police dog during a standoff between SWAT and a barricaded suspect. 

In August, SWAT deployed the robot police dog while trying to bring a man who was holed up in a stairwell in a Koreatown strip mall into custody. Coincidentally, the suspect was also believed to be armed with a firearm that turned out to be an airsoft gun. 

City News Service contributed to this report.

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