State police won't probe 107-year-old's death
Posted: September 12, 2013 at 10:57 a.m.
Updated: September 12, 2013 at 11:40 a.m.
Arkansas State Police says it won't investigate the shooting death of a 107-year-old Arkansas man who was killed in a police standoff last weekend.
State police spokesman Bill Sadler said Thursday that the department had declined a request by the Jefferson County prosecutor to investigate the incident surrounding the death of Monroe Isadore in Pine Bluff. Isadore was shot and killed after Pine Bluff police said he opened fire on police and authorities shot him.
State Police told Jefferson County Prosecuting Attorney Kyle Hunter it was declining his request in a letter dated Wednesday. Hunter asked to recuse himself from the case, and Jefferson County Judge Berlin Jones later ordered the state to appoint a special prosecutor to handle it.
Authorities have said they tried using a camera, negotiating tactics and gas before shooting Isadore. But the shooting has prompted questions from residents and some city leaders.