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107-Year-Old Ark. Man Killed In Police Gun Battle

September 09, 2013  | 

Pine Bluff (Ark.) Police SWAT officers shot and killed a 107-year-old man who opened fire on them during a standoff at a home on Saturday.

Officers responded to a domestic disturbance call involving Monroe Isadore, who had pointed a gun at his granddaughter after she arrived to take him to his new home. Isadore told Laurie Barlow to "stop breaking into my house," reports KATV.

SWAT officers arrived and attempted to make contact with Isadore. At some point, Isadore fired a shot in the direction of a patrol officer. After SWAT officers released gas into the room, Isadore opened fire. Officers entered the room and Isadore continued firing. Officers returned fire, killing him.

Police said they tried multiple tactics for removing Isadore, before entering the home, reports Arkansas News.

A neighbor questioned the use of deadly force. Chelisa Canada said police "didn't have to kill him" and should have waited for Isadore to run out of ammunition.

Comments (8)

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lol @ 9/9/2013 3:43 PM

Lol. Wait till he runs out of ammo? Idiots.

John @ 9/9/2013 5:32 PM

Sheep don't understand that stray bullets kill just as easy as aimed ones.

rob @ 9/10/2013 2:13 AM

That is the funniest line I have heard in awhile, "should have let him run out of ammo." Perhaps the neighbor would be so inclined to act as a human shield for the officers.

Lt Dan @ 9/10/2013 5:42 AM

You just never know what an old guy has on his bucket list. Prayers for the one or ones who pulled the trigger.

James @ 9/10/2013 6:41 AM

Wait for the ammo to run out? What if he was an old Militia type? waiting for 10,000 rounds to run out? He would have died of old age before that. This goes to show you, no matter who it is, how old, or how young, they can be dangerous.

Rick @ 9/10/2013 8:07 AM

First rule of SWAT is to slow down the action and let crisis negotiators talk the situation to a non-violent end. If the guy is shooting rounds, the entry team shouldn't have gone in; no one was being threatened at that point. The entry team should only go in if the suspect is killing, attempting to kill hostages or if they get the drop on the guy, such as he goes to sleep and they can quietly enter and take him down. If the gas didn't force him out, they should have waited him out.

tedb @ 9/10/2013 8:48 AM

Rick, great job of armchair quarterbacking. Too bad you weren't at the scene to exercise your agency protocol. Unfortunately, not all departments can afford the resources that your department apparently has available.

John @ 9/10/2013 12:26 PM

Yea, god job Rick. We don't have enough info to make those statements. Was it in a rural area or urban? Next to a mall or school? Here in L.A. we have both. Yes we can evacuate areas, but not always, how about a busy street in Hollywood or a freeway? The message is don't throw stones unless you were there. Our job is never black and white. ' Wish it were...

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