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#1 Hum

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Posted 09 September 2013 - 16:16

PINE BLUFFS, Ark. — A man who police said was 107 years old was killed in a confrontation with SWAT officers Saturday night.

Police were called to a home in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, where suspect Monroe Isadore was.

“When they arrived, they were able to determine that an aggravated assault had occurred against two people at the residence,” Lt. David E. Price, a Pine Bluff police spokesman, said in a statement.

The two victims were led out of the house.

It was not clear what role the suspect had in the aggravated assaults or what they were.

When officers approached a bedroom where Isadore was hiding, he fired through the door, authorities said.

None of the police officers was hit by the gunfire. They retreated to a safer area and called for additional help, including SWAT officers who started negotiations with the suspect.

SWAT officers slipped a camera into the room where Isadore was holed up and saw he was armed with a handgun, Price said.

After unsuccessful negotiations, officers slipped gas into the room through a window, he said, and Isadore fired rounds at them.

The officers broke the bedroom door and hurled in a distraction device, and Isadore fired at them again, according to the spokesman’s statement.

Officers returned fire, killing him.

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Posted 09 September 2013 - 16:32

 

How Does A 107-Year-Old Die In A Police Shootout? Details Emerge
By Bill Chappell on September 9th, 2013

Monroe Isadore, the 107-year-old man who died in a shootout with a SWAT team Saturday in Arkansas, had been asked to move out of the house he was living in and into an apartment. That detail comes from Isadore’s roommate, who says the centenarian was very angry.

Pauline Lewis tells local TV news THV 11 that she had invited Isadore to live in her Pine Bluff, Ark., home in August. 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.

“They were having services at the church (Old St. James Missionary Baptist Church, located a block away), and they must have stopped the services because they all came out and came to the corner,”

Lewis says Isadore had recently purchased the gun, for self-protection.

The Pine Bluff Police Department says it will hold a news conference about the incident later today. We’ll update this post as necessary.

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Seems a pointless death to me as they could simply have waited the situation out instead of breaching the home



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Posted 09 September 2013 - 16:32

This sort of thing makes Judge Dredd look like a factual documentary on the US criminal justice system.



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Posted 09 September 2013 - 16:35

We are all going to exit this world. 107 years old? Might as well go out in a hail of gunfire!



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Posted 09 September 2013 - 16:44

It's better to burn out than to slowly fade away! Old badass mofo lol



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Posted 09 September 2013 - 16:47

He probably couldn't hit a barn door from the inside given his age



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Posted 09 September 2013 - 16:51

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Seems a pointless death to me as they could simply have waited the situation out instead of breaching the home

You haven't noticed the disturbing strong trend towards just killing people rather than attempting to negotiate peacefully recently? Seems like police understand that putting someone through trial costs time and money and isn't guaranteed, but killing someone is fast and easy.



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Posted 09 September 2013 - 16:51

I don't know what you could be so ###### off about at 107 ...



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Posted 09 September 2013 - 16:52

This sort of thing makes Judge Dredd look like a factual documentary on the US criminal justice system.

Because firing bullets and threatening others is something to take lightly.

 

Bullets don't discriminate by age or sex.



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Posted 09 September 2013 - 16:52

He probably couldn't hit a barn door from the inside given his age

How do you figure? He managed to fire through the door in the house where the officers were approaching from just fine and that is significantly smaller than a barn door.



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Posted 09 September 2013 - 16:54

You haven't noticed the disturbing strong trend towards just killing people rather than attempting to negotiate peacefully recently? Seems like police understand that putting someone through trial costs time and money and isn't guaranteed, but killing someone is fast and easy.

You have noticed the disturbing strong trend towards the media only reporting on shocking things recently? Nothing shocking about negotiating a peaceful solution. They happen just as much as before but you wouldn't hear about them in national news.



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Posted 09 September 2013 - 16:54

You haven't noticed the disturbing strong trend towards just killing people rather than attempting to negotiate peacefully recently? Seems like police understand that putting someone through trial costs time and money and isn't guaranteed, but killing someone is fast and easy.

 

 

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.

 

Doesn't sound like an execution to me, but an inevitable outcome.  He showed his willingness to open fire which made him a threat.



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Posted 09 September 2013 - 16:56

^ Yeah, but could he see to hit anything .... :p



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Posted 09 September 2013 - 16:58

^ Yeah, but could he see to hit anything .... :p

It only takes one bullet to hit the mark.

 

Odds of hitting something increase as you keep pulling the trigger.



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Posted 09 September 2013 - 17:01

perhaps he was just done living and wanted to go out in an action packed way?





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