Police in Pine Bluff, Ark., kill 107-year-old man in standoff
- September 8, 2013 - 11:00 PM
PINE BLUFF, Ark. – SWAT officers returned fire and killed a 107-year-old man during a standoff at a home, police in this southeastern Arkansas city said Sunday.
Police were called to the home Saturday afternoon about a disturbance. Officers arrived to find Monroe Isadore had threatened two people by pointing a weapon at them.
Officers had the pair leave the home for their safety and approached a bedroom looking for Isadore.
When the officers announced who they were, Isadore shot through the door at them but missed hitting them, said Pine Bluff Lt. David Price in a news release.
The officers retreated to a safer area, and supervisors and additional help were called, Price said. Supervisors started negotiating with Isadore and continued after SWAT officers arrived at the home about 45 miles southeast of Little Rock.
The SWAT team inserted a camera into the room and confirmed Isadore was armed with a handgun, Price said.
When it was clear the negotiations weren’t working, SWAT officers released gas into the room from outside a bedroom window, Price said.
SWAT officers entered the home, made their way to the bedroom and threw a “distraction device” into the room, Price said. He said Isadore began to fire at the officers and they fired back, killing him.
One of most deadly U.S. cities
Pine Bluff, Ark., is considered one of the most dangerous towns in the United States, despite its rather small population and its disconnect from major cities.
While the town has only 49,000 residents, the economic downturn and rising gang activity led to 18 homicides in Pine Bluff in 2012 — seven times the national average per capita.
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