Man, 107, killed in shootout
A 107-year-old man was killed in a shootout with a police Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team at a home in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, where he had threatened two people with a gun, officials said on Sunday. The fatal shots were fired on Saturday night after police responded to a report that Monroe Isadore had pointed a gun at two people in the home. When police arrived at the home, they removed the two people and then entered the house to begin negotiations. Isadore shot at them through the door. The officers called for backup. Negotiations were started and SWAT officers inserted a camera into the room where Isadore was holed up. When negotiations failed, SWAT officers threw gas into the room. Isadore fired and officers entered the room. When Isadore shot at them again, the officers returned fire, killing Isadore.
Eleven killed in standoff
At least 11 people were killed and 15 injured in an armed standoff at a liquor store, rescue officials said. Rescue workers found victims dead in “hiding places,” in the store’s bathrooms and in surrounding streets, Sergio Vasquez, spokesman for the volunteer firefighters, told reporters. They arrived at the scene in the village of San Jose Nacahuil, about 25km from the capital, after getting an emergency call “and a person with a calm voice indicated there were several injured,” Vasquez said. An investigation is under way.
NAACP leader to resign
Benjamin Jealous, the leader of the nation’s largest civil rights organization, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), said on Sunday he will step down at the end of the year after five years in the job. The 40-year-old said he wants to focus on training future leaders and spend more time with his family. The former Rhodes scholar and ex-journalist has two young children. “Beginning next year, I look forward to pursuing opportunities in academia to train the next generation of leaders and, of course, spending a lot more time with my young family,” he said in a statement.
Family and friend slain
A couple, their two teenaged children and a friend were slashed to death in the city of Zapopan, police said on Sunday. Police found “the remains of five people, two adults and three minors,” all of whom had had their necks slashed, said Ernesto Ramos, police commander in the city. Neighbors heard screaming early on Sunday and spotted a van that sped away from the victims’ home, police said. The family were fruit vendors. An investigation is under way.
Man lost in Andes found
Authorities have rescued a 58-year-old Uruguayan man who had been lost in the Andes mountains since May. Raul Gomez Cincunegui was spotted at the Sardina Mountain shelter on Sunday, at an altitude of about 4,500m. Police transferred him by helicopter to a nearby hospital. Doctors said Gomez was recovering in the intensive care unit, but was “only dehydrated” and otherwise in good health, though he had signs of malnutrition. Gomez survived on sugar and raisins he had with him, as well as food stored in mountain shelters, police said. Gomez had been reported missing in May on a trip to Chile after his motorcycle broke down and he decided to cross the Andes on foot. He said he became disoriented after heavy snowfall. A search for Gomez was called off in July.