PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) – A 107-year old Pine Bluff man died Saturday after a shootout with officers and S.W.A.T. members. The Pine Bluff Police Dept. released the following information about the incident on Saturday evening.
“On September 7, 2013, at approximately 4:25 p.m., Officers of the Pine Bluff Police Department responded to a disturbance at 1411 W. 16th.
When they arrived, they were able to determine that an Aggravated Assault had occurred against two people at the residence. The suspect, Monroe Isadore (M, 107 years old), had pointed a weapon at them. The officers had the two victims leave the residence, for their safety, and approached the door to the bedroom where Isadore was supposed to be.
When officers announced themselves, Isadore shot through the door at them. No officer was hit or injured by the gunfire. The officers retreated to a safer area and supervisors and additional help were called. Supervisors began negotiating with Isadore as soon as they arrived. S.W.A.T. (Special Weapons and Tactics) was also called out.
Negotiations continued for some time and when S.W.A.T arrived, negotiations still continued. S.W.A.T. was able to insert a camera into the room, where Isadore was, and confirmed he was armed with a handgun. S.W.A.T. inserted gas into the room, after it was evident negotiations were unsuccessful, in hopes Isadore would surrender peacefully. When the gas was inserted into the room, Isadore fired rounds at the S.W.A.T. officers that had inserted the gas from outside a bedroom window.
Shortly afterwards, a S.W.A.T. entry team, inside the residence, breached the door to the bedroom and threw a distraction device into the bedroom. Isadore then began to fire on the entry team and the entry team engaged Isadore, killing him.
The investigation is still ongoing.”
Again, a frustrating news report. who’s house was it? I’m betting it was his own home.
He committed “Aggravated Assault” the two other people, was that nothing more than pointing a gun at the two people and ordering them out of his room? Who were these people, his relatives, nurses/caretakers?
A man of that age may not have the physical strength to defend his rights, that is why he has a gun.
Without the key facts, especially regarding who owned the house and the relationship of the other two people the story can’t be understood. Since it’s easy to determine those facts why weren’t they included?
Everything in this story is carefully chosen to prejudice the reader against the dead man and exonerate the police.
So I’m rewriting the story. This rewriting is of course completely speculative, but is possible and no more of a fairy tale than the original story;
PINE BLUFF, Ark. (
KTHV) – A 107-year old Pine Bluff man died Saturday, he was shot by SWAT after a brief escalating confrontation. The Pine Bluff Police Dept. released their own version of events afterwards.
Police arrived, they were told by the owners employees (a nurse and a housekeeper) that the owner had ordered them out of his room and pointed a gun at them to enforce that demand. The police did not ascertain the reason for this action. The suspect, Monroe Isadore was 107 years old, but the police were not informed of that. The officers had the two…. leave the residence, for their safety, and approached the door to the bedroom where Isadore was supposed to be.
The officers announced themselves but it is unknown if Isadore was able hear them or if he ever acknowledged he understood he was now dealing with police. Isadore shot through the door at them. No officer was hit or injured by the gunfire. The officers retreated to a safer area and supervisors and additional help were called. Supervisors began negotiating with Isadore as soon as they arrived. S.W.A.T. (Special Weapons and Tactics) was also called out.
It is not known who long the police attempted to talk to Isadore but shortly after S.W.A.T arrived, action was substituted for talk. S.W.A.T. was able to insert a camera into the room, where Isadore was, and confirmed he was armed with a handgun. S.W.A.T.’s first act was to throw Tear Gas grenades. Isadore fired rounds at the bedroom window when startled by the glass breaking and the grenades went off. It is unknown if he ever saw the SWAT officers outside since they were crouched down below the level of the sill. Isadore may have been attempting to break out more of the glass to dissipate the toxic fumes.
Without waiting to see if Isadore was now ready to surrender, a S.W.A.T. entry team, inside the residence, smashed in the door to the bedroom and threw a flashbang grenade into the bedroom. Dazed and blinded, it is reported by SWAT that Isadore then fired the last round in his six shot revolver.
The confrontation ended when multiple, heavily armored SWAT members executed Isadore, who was blinded, deafened and choking and probably never saw who it was who killed him.