PINE BLUFF — As an investigation into the death of a 107-year-old man in a shootout with police develops, funeral services are scheduled for Monroe Isadore on Saturday.
Isadore will be memorialized at Mt. Carmel Missionary Baptist Church. Burial will be in Forrest Lawn Memorial Garden.
Police responding to a disturbance call Sept. 7 encountered an armed Isadore at a Pine Bluff residence where friends said he was staying temporarily until an apartment could be readied for him. During an hours-long standoff, authorities said, officers used negotiation, a concussion grenade and other tactics to flush Isadore from the residence.
When he fired on officers who attempted to enter a room where he was located, police returned fire and Isadore was shot dead, police said.
Members of the community have demanded an investigation into the shooting.
Jefferson County Prosecutor S. Kyle Hunter recused himself from the case and has called for a special prosecutor after state police declined his request to investigate the shooting.
Hunter noted his position requires him to work closely with local law enforcement and that the events surrounding Isadore’s death included decisions made by Interim Police Chief Jeff Hubanks and other high-ranking police officials. The prosecutor said his involvement "could adversely affect said working relationship, which would be detrimental to the administration of criminal justice in Jefferson County."
Jefferson County Circuit Judge Berlin C. Jones signed an order Thursday approving Hunter’s request and directed Prosecutor Coordinator Bob McMahon to appoint a special prosecutor to review the case.
In declining Hunter’s request for state police to investigate, Maj. Henry La Mar, commander of the state police criminal investigation division, said a more than three-day lapse between the incident and Hunter’s request for state police involvement prevented the agency from conducting an investigation within accepted and sound law enforcement practices.
Among other things, such an investigation would require ASP agents to have access to the shooting scene prior to removal of evidence and before officers involved in the shooting are released and interact following witness segregation.
Isadore is survived by three sons, six daughters, 27 grandchildren and 66 great-grandchildren.
The Pine Bluff Commercial and Little Rock television station KATV contributed to this report.