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 Tuesday by The Associated Press.
Monroe Isadore made the comments during an argument 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 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 left Tuesday. Isadore died on Saturday in Pine Bluff after 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 a man that even some police officers knew was hard of hearing could die in such an explosive confrontation. Police have said an officer involved in the weekend shooting has been placed on paid, administrative leave.