ShotSpotter turns pot spotter when gunfire leads Texas deputies to grow-op

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Deputies with the Harris County Sherriff’s Office (HCSO) in Texas were ready to investigate gunfire and maybe even help gunshot victims, but were surprised when an activated “ShotSpotter” guided them to an illegal cannabis grow. The officers were directed to the area of Warwick and Hardy Wednesday night after police dispatchers received an alert from the county’s ShotSpotter system, according to KHOU 11 . Alerts are sent automatically when gunfire is detected. Authorities destroy more than 300 tonnes of cannabis in Paraguay Raid reveals hundreds of weed plants spread across six rooms, including some in the bath Police allege drug gangs are posing as utility workers to steal electricity The HCSO’s Captain J. Shannon tweeted that the deputies “located a suspect and did a sweep for victims when they found a Marijuana grow house and other narcotics.” Two suspects were then detained, Shannon reported. HCSO did not note how many cannabis plants were involved in the grow-op, what prompted the reported gunfire, who fired the shot in question or if there were any actual victims. Last December, ShotSpotter sensors (in essence, mini microphones) were installed in a five square mile radius around town, according to ABC 13 Eyewitness News . Since the system got up and running, it has reportedly alerted officers to 2,500-plus incidents of gunfire, 90 per cent of which were not reported to 911, the station points out. ShotSpotter is also faster on average, with alerts beating out 911 calls by about two minutes, it adds. The technology is being used or tested in a number of cities, including New York City , Atlanta and Chicago . In a post, the HCSO’s Captain Christopher Sandoval pointed out the system, which is being used in a growing number of areas, allows deputies to “respond very accurately to gunfire…

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