Fransisco Serna, an unarmed 73-year-old man in the initial stages of dementia, was shot and killed early Monday morning by a Bakersfield, California police, authorities said. According to reports from the LA Times, police responded at about 12:30 A.M. to a report of a man brandishing a handgun in the 7900 block of Silver Birch Avenue, a neighborhood in the southwest corner of the city.
Via LA Times:
When police arrived, a witness pointed to a man in the driveway of a residence. An officer fired several rounds at the man, who was pronounced dead at the scene, Bakersfield police Sgt. Gary Carruesco said.
The Kern County coroner’s office identified the man as Francisco Serna. A retired father of five children, Serna lived on the block where the shooting occurred, his son, Rogelio Serna, told The Times.
Police said the call was prompted by a report of a man with a firearm, but investigators canvassed the area after the shooting and did not recover a gun, Carruesco said. Police searched the family’s home and cars and did not recover a firearm, Rogelio Serna said.
It’s unclear why Serna was outside or why the officer opened fire.
Seems like another case of a police officer being far too trigger happy. The officer’s name has not yet been released. Similarly, the officer involved in the shooting was placed on administrative leave while the incident is being reviewed.
According to Fransisco’s son, Rogelio Serna, his father was showing the early signs of dementia and occasionally experienced delusions. The elder Serna also had difficulty sleeping and frequently went on late-night walks to help himself sleep.
“My dad did not own a gun. He was a 73-year-old retired grandpa, just living life,” Rogelio Serna said. “He should have been surrounded by family at old age, not surrounded by bullets.”
[h/t LA Times]