9 Sep 2013

SWAT team kills 107 year old gunman in US

10:25 pm on 9 September 2013

A 107-year-old man has been killed in a shootout with police after he held two people at gunpoint in the American state of Arkansas.

Officers were called to a home in the city of Pine Bluff following reports that the man, named as Monroe Isadore, was threatening the pair with a gun. They were brought to safety before police tried to arrest him, the BBC reports.

US media has reported that the violence began when Mr Isadore's daughter approached him about moving house.

Pauline Lewis, who lived with Mr Isadore and accompanied his daughter on Saturday when she asked him to consider moving to an apartment, said he became increasingly confused and irate and began brandishing a hand gun.

Officials say they tried to negotiate with Mr Isadore but were forced to call reinforcements after he shot at them through the closed bedroom door.

When the negotiations broke down, SWAT officers threw gas into the room and tried to open the door, police say.

But the BBC reports the centenarian is said to have fired at the officers as they entered the room. Officers returned fire, killing him. No police were injured in the incident.