Fresno Police Chief, Jerry Dyer, says his department's 'Shot Spotter' technology detected gunfire on Tuesday that led to the quick apprehension of Kori Ali Muhammad, accused of fatally shooting three men. Jillian Kitchener reports.
Kori Ali Muhammad is alleged to have killed three innocent people Tuesday morning. ..but police say it could've been much worse, were it not for a technology called Shot Spotter. (SOUNDBITE) FRESNO POLICE DEPARTMENT, CHIEF JERRY DYER, SAYING: "A shot spotter pin points within a few feet of where the rounds were fired from and (Covered by a WS zoom in on a camera) provides us with an address." The shot spotter recorded 16 shots fired in under two minutes, showing the shooter on the move. The data was forwarded to the Fresno police department and patrol vehicles, where officers were able to identify the shooter's location on a map. (SOUNDBITE) FRESNO POLICE DEPARTMENT, CHIEF JERRY DYER, SAYING: "We know there's a slight delay from when the shots are fired but generally that's well under 30 seconds." The company says their device is being used in 90 cities worldwide. Since being introduced to Fresno in 2015, police say the shot spotter has proven very effective, registering more than 1000 gunshot detections. They say Tuesday's arrest demonstrates just how effective technology can be in fighting crime.