107-year-old killed in police standoff told officers months ago he didn't want to return to son-in-law
LITTLE ROCK — A 107-year-old Arkansas man who died in a police standoff this weekend told officers months earlier that they would have to shoot him or throw him in jail before he went back home with his son-in-law, according to police reports obtained on Tuesday by The Associated Press.
Monroe Isadore made the comments in June when he said his daughter and son-in-law didn't want him around, according to one of several police reports the AP obtained.
“Mr. Isadore stated we would have to shoot him or throw him in jail before he went back home with” his son-in-law, one of the reports said. “Mr. Isadore stated he was a hundred and seven years old and GOD told him to do his will.”
Neither Isadore's daughter nor son-in-law returned phone messages.
Isadore died on Saturday in Pine Bluff when he opened fire on police and authorities shot him.
Authorities have said they tried using a camera, negotiating tactics and gas before shooting Isadore. But that hasn't answered questions from residents in Pine Bluff, a community of about 50,000 people some 45 miles southeast of Little Rock. Some are struggling to make sense of how someone known as a pleasant, churchgoing man who was hard of hearing and sometimes used a cane could die in such an explosive confrontation.
Police have said an officer involved in the shooting has been placed on paid, administrative leave.
Authorities would not identify the officer, who has not been charged with any wrongdoing.
Meanwhile, the police reports obtained by AP on Tuesday shed light on some of the problems Isadore faced as he became older.
A man broke into his home in 2008 and stole $9 and a gun — “an old Winchester .38,” according to another police report.
“Mr. Isadore said he recognized the suspect, but could not recall his name,” the report said.
Another report from 2008 dated less than a week later said a police officer recovered a car that had apparently been stolen from Isadore.
“Dispatch advised they made contact, but were unable to find out from Mr. Monroe Isadore if it was stolen, due to his being hard of hearing,” the report said.
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