Witnesses say SWAT team members had no choice but to shoot 107-year-old Monroe Isadore due to his hostility with a gun.
PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) - A 107-year old Arkansas man died Saturday
after a shootout with officers and S.W.A.T. members.
The roommate of Monroe Isadore told our sister station THV 11 the man's anger led to a
confrontation with the Pine Bluff Police S.W.A.T. team.
"[Isadore] was very angry. He got hostile. He was gonna kill somebody," said
Pauline Lewis, who invited Isadore to live in her Pine Bluff home in
August. Lewis was staying with family in Little Rock Sunday, when THV 11
talked with her, while friends cleaned bullets and broken glass out of
her house. "Monroe was in the room and he had the gun and he said, 'If
you wanna live, you better get away from this door.'"
Lewis says the incident began when she and Isadore's daughter
approached him about moving to a new apartment in Pine Bluff. She said
that's when he pulled out a pistol and threatened to shoot anyone who
got close to his bedroom door.
Once Lewis called Pine Bluff Police, they dispatched the S.W.A.T. team to
her home and made contact with Isadore, who they say was holed up in the
back of the house. After multiple attempts to negotiate and disarm the
man with teargas, Isadore fired shots at the officers who broke into the
bedroom and returned fire, according to a Pine Bluff Police statement.
"It was a lot. I can't even count on my hands," a witness told THV about
the number of rounds fired. Another witness recalled hearing "at least
30 rounds fired."
When THV asked Lewis if she thought police were
justified in their actions she said, "I think they didn't have a choice
but to shoot him after they had put the teargas in and everything. He
refused and he shot first."
Isadore's body was taken to the Arkansas State Crime Lab Saturday
evening. The officers involved in the shooting have been placed on
administrative leave per department policy.
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