A 107-year-old man died after SWAT officers returned fire, fatally shooting the Pine Bluff, Arkansas resident.
Pine Bluff Police Lt., David Price, told KATV-TV that officers responded to Monroe Isadore’s residence after he brandished a weapon at two people inside his house.
Officers escorted the threatened pair from the home, but Isadore had locked himself in a bedroom. As officers approached, shots rang out. Isadore fired through the closed door, but nobody was injured.
A S.W.A.T. team was called to scene and inserted a camera into the room where Isadore was located, confirming he had a handgun.
Police attempted negotiations with Isadore, but after he failed to comply with directives, S.W.A.T. officers released gas into his room.
S.W.A.T. officers breached the door and were met with gunfire. The officers returned fire, fatally shooting Isadore.
An investigation into the shooting is underway, but friends and fellow church members of Isadore said he was legally blind and nearly deaf, and that he shouldn’t have died that way.
“I’m in shock today,” said Larry Smith, who was an attendee of New Direction Baptist church with Isadore.
“He couldn’t hear,” Smith told KLRT-TV “Somebody should’ve told the [police] he couldn’t hear.”
Friends of Isadore told KLRT-TV he was legally blind and believe he must have been confused.
“For that to happen, and like that… had to be,” Smith added.
Those who knew Isadore defended his character, saying he was a God-fearing man who grew vegetables and gave them away at church.
“That’s the kind of man that our police department killed,” said Pine Bluff resident, Gary Wilson.
The Pine Bluff Police Department refused to comment on the case until Monday.