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Report details standoff that killed 107-year-old

Man fired on officers, PB police say

By Chelsea Boozer

This article was published September 9, 2013 at 12:45 a.m.

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A house sits Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013, that is the scene of the Saturday shooting death of an elderly man in Pine Bluff.


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Pine Bluff police released a report late Sunday night about a shootout Saturday between a SWAT team and a 107-year-old man that left the man dead.

Monroe Isadore was killed after he fired a handgun at SWAT officers, who were called in after Isadore had fired on other officers. The police report did not include details on the SWAT shooting.

“We aren’t commenting until the prosecutor’s office investigates it,” Interim Police Chief Jeff Hubanks said during a phone call Sunday. “We are going to get our detective division to get a case file to them as soon as humanly possible. From there,it’s on their time.”

According to the report, police were summoned to 1411 W. 16th Ave. at 4:26 p.m. in reference to a domestic disturbance.

“Three victims reported they had been aggressed by a gentleman with a handgun,” Hubanks said.

The report said that Laurie Barlow told police she had gone to the house to pick up Isadore and take him to a new home. He initially locked himself in a bedroom but after being talked into opening the door, pointed a gun at Barlow and told her to “stop breaking into my house,” the report said.

Police negotiated with Isadore for hours before entering the residence, at which point Isadore shot through the bedroom door, according to the report.

According to a Saturday news release from the police, a SWAT team then arrived and gassed the bedroom in an effort to force Isadore to surrender, but that prompted the man to fire more rounds at SWAT officers. The team threw a distraction device into the room, but Isadore fired again. The officers fired back this time, striking and killing Isadore.

According to Chelisa Canada, who lives across from the house where the shooting took place, Isadore wasn’t a permanent resident at the house, but had been there only a few days after he either left or was kicked out of his own home.

Pauline Lewis lives at the 16th Avenue address and was one of the assault victims Saturday, according to Canada. Canada said Lewis’ granddaughter, who also stays at the home, told her that Isadore became hostile because Barlow had arrived to take him home and he didn’t want to leave. Lewis is staying with family in Little Rock for now, Canada said.

Hubanks would not comment on why Isadore fired at police and refused to surrender.

“I saw a lot of police cars and the woman on the bullhorn,” Canada said of the negotiation attempts. “The police were trying to get the man to come outside. She said he had a handgun. He had already shot before they came. They tried like, I’d say about three or four hours trying to get him to come out of the house. And that’s when the SWAT team came and they threw gas up in there. They went in on him. I heard four shots, which was the man’s shots. After he got through shooting, that’s when they shot him.”

She questioned whether police acted properly during the fatal standoff, suggesting that officers should have waited until Isadore ran out of bullets and then gone inafter him.

Police have not said how many officers were involved in the shooting and will not release the names of those officers until an internal investigation and the prosecuting attorney’s investigation are complete.

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syzito says... September 9, 2013 at 9:51 a.m.

Senseless shooting by an overzealous police SWAT team.They should have waited....what was the hurry.....donuts getting cold.

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sharkbite says... September 9, 2013 at 10:14 a.m.

I like what one of the posts on Fox said that summed this up pretty good, not one of the Crime Bluff PIGS had an IQ higher than a goat

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WhiteRiverInMyVeins says... September 9, 2013 at 10:39 a.m.

Sad story.....easy to say what should have been done afterwards. If the SWAT broke any rules they need to be held accountable. The thing that strikes me most, he said "Quit Breaking into my house", that makes me wonder if he was confused or had previous break-ins in the past? If he had not pointed a gun at someone trying to help him, he would still be alive as well. By not being there, I can only give my opinion on what the news stations have reported. Then again, had he not used a weapon in the first place, he would still be alive. I am not defending the SWAT team either, I just know when you point a gun at someone and then shoot through a door, the outcome is never good. If this man had mental issues, and very likely being his age, he wasn't thinking clearly and probably had no business with a gun to start with. Then again, if he was in his right mind, he had every right to own a gun...I will keep his family in our prayers and thoughts. Hopefully we get the rest of the story soon.

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Populist says... September 9, 2013 at 2 p.m.

It's a very sad story, but officers must protect themselves. Elderly people with dementia should not have access to guns.

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HalALouyah says... September 9, 2013 at 2:04 p.m.

If they had just waited until he took a nap it would have been easy, or natural causes could have taken him.

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Felina says... September 9, 2013 at 2:34 p.m.

The problem with waiting until he ran out of bullets, is that one of those bullets could have hit somebody. How would they know how many bullets he had? If they waited until he napped, it takes about 0.8 seconds to wake up and squeeze a trigger. It would be nice to have some kind of way to subdue without killing. Until we can set phasers on stun, it's all or nothing, unfortunately! If you draw a gun on the cops, you have essentially committed suicide and have irrevocably affected at least one other life as well.

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cliffcarson says... September 9, 2013 at 4:16 p.m.

Did anyone tell the police when they came ( before the SWAT team was called in) that he was 107 and delusional?

And if they did tell the police - why did they call the swat team?

Did anyone try to tell him that they weren't going to make him leave his house? Seems to me that would have calmed him down.

I have a lot of questions about this.

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Packman says... September 9, 2013 at 4:40 p.m.

Sounds like the SWAT team followed reasonable protocols and attempted non-lethal extraction prior to shooting the old guy. For those who are bad-mouthing the cops, what would you be saying if the old codger had started shooting neighborhood kids pending a proper "extraction"?

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betadog1 says... September 9, 2013 at 5:03 p.m.

run out of bullets, are you serious, so the police are supposed to be psychics and know how much ammunition he has? in the meantime, while they're standing around waiting, which says they tried working with him for 3-4 hours, had he shot and killed some one, they would be damned. Everyone wants to say how the police should or should not do something but they sure pick up the phone and call 911 when they want or need something and sure are ready to play Monday Morning quarterbacking when they don't agree. I don't always side with the police but you've got to be kidding me if you think they did anything wrong. They tried multiple tactics and he continued to shoot at them. Let's blame the woman who knew he had a problem living in her house and failed to get him any help BEFORE it came to this!

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