LOS ANGELES (AP) – A seventy three-yr-previous man with dementia fatally shot by police had a crucifix – not a gun, as officers have been led to consider by a neighbor who stated she felt threatened by him, Bakersfield police stated Wednesday.
A coroner discovered the plastic crucifix on Francisco Serna properly after an officer fatally shot him close to his house simply after midnight Monday, Sgt. Gary Carruesco stated.
It is nonetheless unclear if a 911 caller who had reported a person with a gun might have mistaken the crucifix for a weapon, as Serna’s household speculated.
Officer Reagan Selman fired at Serna seven occasions after the grandfather refused repeated instructions to take his hand out of his pocket and cease strolling towards police, incoming Bakersfield police Chief Lyle Martin stated at a information convention Tuesday.
Along with the 911 caller, Martin stated two individuals who had encountered Serna hours earlier than the capturing thought he was armed.
In the meantime Serna’s household is looking his demise homicide. They are saying they need an unbiased investigation into the capturing and for the U.S. Justice Division to look into whether or not police violated Serna’s civil rights.
“It is troublesome to simply accept that our dad’s life ended so brutally, abruptly and with such extreme violence,” in response to a household assertion. “Our dad was handled like a felony, and we really feel like he was left to die alone with out his household by his aspect.”
Officer Selman, who had been on the pressure about sixteen months, was positioned on routine administrative depart, as have been the opposite officers on the scene.
Martin couldn’t say how most of the seven photographs hit Serna, who died within the driveway.
He stated it was a particularly troublesome set of circumstances for an officer fearing a person with a gun and that it was a horrible state of affairs for everybody concerned. He expressed his condolences to the household.
“It is tragic when a household loses a member of the family at any time however whenever you lose a father, a grandfather, through the vacation season, that makes it that a lot worse,” Martin stated.
The capturing happened 20 to 30 seconds after a lady who had encountered Serna pointed him out to police as he walked out of his home throughout the road and towards them, Martin stated.
Earlier on Sunday afternoon, one other neighbor who encountered Serna stated his hand was in his jacket pocket as if he had a gun, Martin stated. Serna tried to pressure his approach into the home of the neighbor, who referred to as his conduct weird.
Serna left, and the neighbor, who had acknowledged him, didn’t instantly report the incident.
Then about eight hours later, the lady who lives throughout the road from Serna was getting out of a automotive in her driveway when he got here up behind her and requested to get into her automotive. The lady additionally noticed Serna’s hand in his jacket pocket and thought he had a gun, Martin stated.
The lady bumped into the home, and her boyfriend referred to as police to report a person within the driveway had a revolver and had brandished it at ladies, Martin stated.
Serna’s son, Rogelio Serna, posted a video on Fb concerning the capturing Tuesday. “Proper throughout the road is the place the police shot my father … and my dad was not armed,” Rogelio stated within the video.
He wrote in one other publish that his father had dementia and would go on small walks when he had hassle sleeping. “Final night time he took his final stroll,” he wrote.
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