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On Monday April 4, 2011, the Los Angeles Police Department used the "BATCAT" (formally the “Bomb Assessment Tactical Counter Assault Tool) in a Sylmar, CA standoff between police and a gunman who shot a police officer.

The BATCAT is a 39,000 pound tele-handler built by Caterpillar, and automated jointly by ASI and Northrop Grumman Remotec.

The fifty foot telescoping arm is equipped with video cameras and a range of attachments.

During the standoff in Sylmar, the BATCAT was used to break down walls and move obstacles out of the way to give its cameras a better view inside the house without putting officers in further danger.

Cameras from the extendable arm were able to confirm that the gunman, Sergio O. Salazar, 53, had died inside his home from wounds sustained in the shootout with officers. The LAPD officer wounded by Salazar is listed as critical but stable condition Holy Cross Medical Center in Mission Hills.