An elderly Arkansas man allegedly shot at a SWAT team responding to a call about a disturbance, and was killed in the confrontation. TODAY’s Thomas Roberts reports.
A 107-year-old Arkansas man was shot and killed by SWAT officers after allegedly provoking a shootout on Saturday night, according to police.
The Pine Bluff Police Department got a call about an aggravated assault at a home early on Saturday evening, according to Pine Bluff Lt. David Price. When officers arrived, they were told by two people at the residence that Monroe Isadore, 107, had threatened them with a gun, Price said.
Officers then approached a bedroom they suspected Isadore had retreated to, according to NBC affiliate KARK. When the policemen made their presence known, Isadore shot through the door at them police said. The officers moved to a safer area and called supervisors and a SWAT team for backup.
When supervisors and the SWAT team arrived, they attempted to negotiate with Isadore through the door, but the centenarian would not cooperate. The team then slipped a camera inside the room and determined that he was in possession of a handgun, KARK reported.
After further negotiations proved fruitless, SWAT officers “pumped gas into the room,” police told KARK. When Isadore became aware of the gas, he allegedly started shooting at the SWAT team through the window. Officers inside the house knocked down the door and Isadore shot at them, ignoring a distraction device that officers threw in the room as they entered, according to police. SWAT officers then fired back, killing Isadore, police said.
The incident is still under investigation, a Pine Bluff police spokesman said.
More from another source:
On Saturday, she and Isadore’s daughter had intended to help him move into an apartment. But he locked himself in his room with a pistol, and Lewis says she had to call the police.
“He was very angry. He got hostile. He was gonna kill somebody,” Lewis tells THV 11. “Monroe was in the room and he had the gun pointed out — said, ‘If you wanna live, you better’ — knock on wood — ‘get away from this door.’ ”
After officers arrived, “Laurie Barlow told police she had ‘come by the house to pick up [Isadore] to take him to his new home they had just got through cleaning up,’ ” according to KATV News. The report suggests Barlow is Isadore’s granddaughter; however, that information isn’t clarified.
Another detail from KATV suggests Isadore may have been disoriented:
“According to the report, Isadore locked himself in his room and refused to come out, and that’s when his granddaughter finally got him to open the door he pointed a gun and her and stated, ‘You better stop breaking into my house.’ ”
Police arrived around 4:30 p.m. Saturday. Three hours later, after a SWAT team stormed his room, Isadore was dead. Lewis and the police say that Isadore was the first to open fire. Attempts to negotiate with him and to flush him out with tear gas had been unsuccessful.
“I think they didn’t have a choice but to shoot him,” Lewis tells THV 11. The news station reports that Lewis described the incident during an interview from Little Rock, where she’s visiting family “while friends cleaned bullets and broken glass out of her house.”
Neighbors say they heard a barrage of gunfire — perhaps as many as 30 shots. The ruckus drew the attention of a nearby Baptist church congregation.
No kidding he was angry. He just wanted to be respected and left alone. It seems unlikely that he shot first at them through a door, because you usually don’t make it to 107 years old by being a fool, but whatever the actual facts, he was given a sad choice: Obey or die.