Mayor says she would support ASP investigation in Isadore death

Pine Bluff Mayor Debe Hollingsworth said Tuesday night that she would support an Arkansas State Police investigation into the weekend shooting death of 107-year-old Monroe Isadore.

Isadore was killed Saturday night when officers with the Pine Bluff Police Department Special Weapons and Tactics team entered the bedroom of a house on West 16th Avenue where Isadore was staying.

According to police reports, Isadore fired at the officers as they entered the bedroom and was killed when officers returned fire.

Isadore’s death ended a standoff of approximately three hours that began when he allegedly pointed a handgun at two women inside the house. According to police, Isadore fired through the bedroom door when officers announced themselves after arriving on the scene, then fired again when officers went to a window to insert tear gas into the bedroom.

Two investigations are under way by the police department — one an internal investigation to determine whether departmental policy was followed and the other a criminal investigation.

One officer has been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of those investigations. Police officials have declined to name that officer.

Hollingsworth said Tuesday night that she believes it would be the responsibility of Prosecuting Attorney S. Kyle Hunter to ask for an ASP investigation.

If Hunter does make such a request, Hollingsworth said it will have her endorsement.

“I think it would be a win-win situation,” the mayor said.

Hunter has said he will not comment on the case until the police investigations have been completed and he has reviewed the case file.