ZeroEyes AI gun detection leads to criminal charges in New Mexico


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ZeroEyes has announced a positive detection of an illegally brandished firearm in Hobbs, New Mexico that has resulted in criminal charges. 

At 6:35pm MDT on 30 November 2023, ZeroEyes alerted the Hobbs Police Department and Eagle I.C. dispatch center of an illegal gun detection captured on a security camera in the parking lot of Del Norte Pool.  

The ZeroEyes Operations Center (ZOC) provided situational awareness about the threat, which involved individuals shooting sporting clays dangerously close to North Grimes Street.  

The responding officers detained the suspects and filed criminal charges against one of them. 

AI gun detection saves lives 

“My team and I were highly impressed with ZeroEyes’ artificial intelligence (AI) detection and rapid human verification, which helped us stop this dangerous activity before anybody was hurt,” said Hobbs Police Chief August Fons.  

“In the past, something like this would have been missed entirely.  

“We absolutely cannot have our citizens illegally firing guns in a public area, where anybody could walk by and get injured or even killed.” 

ZeroEyes’ AI gun detection and situational awareness software layers over existing digital security cameras.  

When a gun is identified, images are instantly shared with the ZOC, staffed 24/7/365 by specially trained US military and law enforcement veterans.  

If these experts determine that the threat is valid, they dispatch alerts and actionable intelligence, including visual description, gun type and last known location, to law enforcement as quickly as three to five seconds from detection.  

“It is always gratifying to learn that our system has successfully prevented a potential shooting,” said Mike Lahiff, CEO and Co-Founder of ZeroEyes.  

“We are thankful that Hobbs PD acted swiftly to stop this illegal behavior and look forward to continued success working with the department.” 

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