Arkansas Cop Investigated in Death of 107-Year-Old Black Man

Monroe Isadore died on Saturday in Pine Bluff, Ark., after he reportedly fired at police and authorities shot him. 

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Monroe Isadore, 107, was shot Saturday during a confrontation with police. (Fox News screenshot)

Police authorities in Arkansas are investigating circumstances surrounding the death of Monroe Isadore, 107, who was shot on Saturday in Pine Bluff, Ark., the Associated Press reports. He reportedly fired at police during a confrontation and was shot and killed by an officer.

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.

Authorities would not identify the officer, who has not been charged with any wrongdoing. Sgt. David DeFoor said he believed the officer placed on leave was the only one who fired at Isadore.

Meanwhile, the police reports obtained by AP on Tuesday shed light on some of the problems Isadore faced as he grew older.

The reports, according to the AP, show that Isadore had stated months earlier that police "would have to shoot him or throw him in jail before he went back home with his son-in-law."

Read more at the Associated Press.

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