As she held the lighter under the spoon, she looked at the vapor leave the liquid, in a way a dog might look at a seasoned steak; slavering—her eyes widened—every ounce of her being awaiting the relief. Her nose took in the vinegary smell, it smelled to her like the perfume of a long-lost lover.

Rebecca tightened the shoelace around her foot. For the past few weeks, the veins in her arms and hands had long been collapsed, impossible to hit, impossible to be ducts for relief. A warm sensation fell across her, followed by a chilling sensation down the spine that made her shiver before he could grab on the wheels of her car.

She drove the longest way to Stafford County, Virginia, dragged into a Walmart parking lot, parked her sedan up against a 16-wheeler cab with a sleeping trucker inside, and took out a silver revolver. It wasn’t much longer after the .45 caliber shell casing fell to the street, that the public stood stunned in silence and the cops besieged her and the vehicle.

Rebecca kept talking to herself, shouting profanities and enticing the cops to shoot her, over and over and over again.

It was an apparent attempt at “suicide by cop.” It’s a common practice by crestfallen people to provoke their own death by waving a gun or knife at a police officer, since they are well-aware of the fact that law enforcement is trained to shoot if they feel their life is threatened.

Sergeant Brian tried to keep control of the situation by evacuating the nearby stores and ensuring people’s safety. Brian has encountered many such events in his cop career. The dwindling memory of Taimur flooded Brian’s consciousness. His conscience still troubles him with guilt for killing 12-year-old boy in a similar situation. The super-cop of his own time, Brian’s heart beat frantically as the massive surge of adrenaline released from this particular encounter gushed through his blood stream. After all, an innocent life was at stake.

Meanwhile, Rebecca flitted between pacing outside and bowing back into the vehicle, hallucinating and highly sedated by the drug.

Rather than rushing into a situation where the cops have to fire, Brain turned to technology: Police Drones. The pilot cops flew two UAV to monitor the woman from a safe distance and avoid putting officers in a direct confrontation.

The surveillance department could see the label on the vodka bottle that Rebecca lifted to wash down pills. The team could tell SWAT officers when she had her finger on the trigger. And the drones kept a watch on her, as her agitation ebbed and flowed.

Looking for the right moment, Brian got an armored vehicle close enough to fill Rebecca’s car with pepper spray, enabling officers to catch hold of her. They immediately disarmed and arrested her. A victorious and relieved grin appeared on Brian’s stern face.

Some cops, who shoot in such situations, are manipulated into doing so, but that doesn’t spare them from feelings of trauma or guilt for killing an innocent life. Brian smiled because he saved his conscience on regretting by another worst moment in his career. All thanks to technology!

Traditionally, cops were praised most enthusiastically for exhibitions of physical courage. Now that drones and other technology are available, however, lots of situations, including standoffs, can unfold in ways that limit the need for courage, or the threat to police, or most importantly the use of lethal forces.

Brian was later awarded for his innovative approach and for restoring the belief of the society in the police-reform that advocates the attempts to reduce the number of unjust or unnecessary killings.


Incidents of police drones saving life has been reported from all over the world. In near freezing temperatures and pitch darkness, Lincolnshire Police deployed a drone to quickly locate a man in a 6-foot-ditch, 525 feet away from his crashed car. Kudos to the infrared and thermal technology embedded into police surveillance drones. Drones have rescued over 70 people from life-threatening conditions in around 25 separate incidents.

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