Naked Man With AK-47 Fires At SWAT Robot
WEST MELBOURNE, Fla. - A Brevard County man blasted away with an assault rifle at a SWAT robot while wearing nothing but his birthday suit.
The suspect's dog was the only onlooker as the robot approached the door at the West Melbourne home on Del Mar Circle.
Authorities said a man with several guns was suicidal and threatening authorities.
"He said he'd shoot anyone he could," said Lt. Bruce Barnett with the Brevard County Sheriff's Office.
Instead of risking any lives, deputies sent the $65,000 robot into the home. The robot has cameras, which record all of its actions.
The video shows the robot searching each room, its electronic eye roving from side to side while officers watch safely from a command post.
As the robot slowly pushes the man's bedroom door open, the man comes out, stark naked, with an AK-47 in hand. The man then starts shooting at the robot.
The camera goes out at first, and then comes back on.
The robot came away with bullet holes, frayed wires and broken cables, but no one was hurt.
"It saved a life," said Barnett.
The man was charged with criminal mischief. The robot will be out of commission for a while. It's being sent back to its manufacturer for repairs.