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Community Shocked After 107-Year-Old Man Killed During Shootout with Police

A 107-year-old man was killed during a shootout with the Pine Bluff SWAT Team Saturday afternoon.
PINE BLUFF, AR -- A 107-year-old man was killed during a shootout with the Pine Bluff SWAT Team Saturday afternoon.

On Sunday there was shock, sadness and anger in the community where Monroe Isadore lived.

Witnesses say Pine Bluff Police showed up in force to a home off 16th Avenue after reports that Isadore had pointed a gun two people.

Police say Isadore fired at them on three separate occasions Saturday before SWAT members shot and killed him.

"I'm in shock today," said Larry Smith, who attended church with Isadore at New Direction Baptist.

Police say after the first time Isadore fired at them, they backed off and tried to coax him out peacefully.

"He couldn't hear," Smith said.  "Somebody should've told the [police] he couldn't hear."

Friends say Isadore was also legally blind.  After police deployed gas and a distraction device, they believe Isadore must have been confused.

"For that to happen and like that... had to be," Smith said.

People in the community who knew him say Isadore 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.

Police say the shooting is being investigated, but neighbors are already convinced the situation could have been handled differently.

"I think it should've been handled a better way... bottom-line," Canada said.

The Pine Bluff Police Department declined to comment on the case until Monday.

Meanwhile members of the community concerned about what happened will hold a town hall meeting at 5:30 p.m. Monday.

The meeting will be held at the Pine Bluff Convention Center.
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