In Pine Bluff, Arkansas on Sunday, a 107-year-old man was shot and killed after exchanging gunfire with police officers. According to NPR, police responded to a domestic disturbance call of a man firing at two people and when they identified themselves to the resident, Monroe Isadore, they were shot at. Police then called in backup.
Officers then used a miniature camera to peer into the room where the elderly man was holed up and found that he had a handgun. While negotiations got the two other people out of the house, they proved otherwise unsuccessful at getting Isadore to surrender. The SWAT team released gas into the room and entered but according to a police statement, "When the gas was inserted into the room, Isadore fired rounds at the S.W.A.T. officers that had inserted the gas from outside a bedroom window." SWAT officers fired back, fatally wounding Isadore.
The Pine Bluff Commercial reports that officers involved in the incident have been placed on paid leave pending an investigation. Statistics from the 2010 US Census peg the US population over 100 at around 53,000 people, with only 8% (around 4240 people) of those over the age of 104.
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