A Remotec robot was used to deliver an explosive device that killed Dallas shooting suspect Micah Johnson last week, but it’s not clear if the machine was made in Clinton.
Remotec was founded in Oak Ridge in 1980 to consult with the nuclear industry on remote handling. It’s now part of Northrop Grumman, and the company describes itself as the industry leader in hazardous duty robotics, including for the military, first responders, and law enforcement. Remotec has locations on JD Yarnell Parkway in Clinton and in the United Kingdom.
In a television interview on Sunday and at a press conference on Monday, Dallas Police Chief David Brown said two officers used a Remotec ANDROS Mark 5A-1 robot to deliver one pound of C-4 explosive and a detonation cord to kill Johnson, who fatally shot five officers in a Thursday ambush and wounded others.
Johnson, a 25-year-old Army veteran, was inside the El Centro College, on the second floor, in downtown Dallas when the robot was deployed, the Dallas Police Department said. [Read more…]