Crucifix-Carrying Unarmed 73-Year-Old Grandfather With Dementia Killed by Police In California


A Bakersfield police officer who fatally shot a 73-year-old-man whose family said he had early signs of dementia has been placed on administrative leave, authorities said Tuesday.

Police responded early Monday to a report of a man with a revolver acting strangely, said Bakersfield Assistant Police Chief Lyle Martin.
Francisco Serna was shot after police said he failed to respond to orders to stop approaching and remove his hands from his jacket.
One of the seven officers who responded to the call, Reagan Selman, fired seven shots at Serna, who died at the scene.
Serna was not armed at the time of the shooting and police did not find a gun, Martin said. A police statement said a dark-colored simulated wood crucifix was found on Serna.

‘A tragic incident’

“BDP murdered my father for no reason,” daughter Laura Serna told CNN affiliate KERO. CNN reached out to members of the Serna family on Tuesday night but didn’t get a response.
Eight detectives are looking into the shooting, Martin said.
“I cannot tell you enough that this community is affected by Mr. Serna losing his life,” Martin told reporters. “This is a tragic incident for their family, for the community as a whole, and for the police department.”
A woman who answered a phone number listed for Selman’s wife said they didn’t want to comment.
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