The police chief of Bakersfield, California, stated Tuesday that an unarmed seventy three-yr-previous man refused to take his hand out of his pocket when he was shot by an officer who thought he had a gun due to a 911 name reporting him.
An officer on the drive for about sixteen months, Reagan Selman, fired seven photographs at Francisco Serna within the driveway in Serna’s neighborhood the place he was killed, Chief Lyle Martin stated at a information convention Tuesday night time. Six different officers had arrived, however no others fired, Martin stated.
Serna’s household stated he suffers from dementia and he typically took walks within the night.
The lady who reported him noticed Serna in her driveway, and she or he advised her boyfriend that she thought he had what appeared like a gun, Martin stated. It was the boyfriend who referred to as 911, and he merely stated the person had a handgun, the chief stated.
When officers arrived, the lady pointed to Serna as the person that they had referred to as about, the chief stated. About 20 or 30 seconds later, as Serna refused to take his hand out of his jacket pocket and stopped shifting, Selman shot and killed him. About 10 minutes handed from the 911 name to the capturing.
Martin stated it was a particularly troublesome set of circumstances for an officer fearing a person with a gun and a horrible state of affairs for all concerned. “This can be a tragic incident for his or her household, the group as an entire, and the police division,” he stated.
Serna was declared lifeless on the scene, and no gun was discovered. Martin says an object was recovered which will have been what the lady mistook for a gun, however he stated it was troublesome to explain and did not supply additional particulars.
Selman and his companion, who have been the primary two officers on the scene, have been positioned on routine administrative depart. The opposite 5 officers who witnessed the capturing weren’t immediately concerned sufficient to be placed on depart.
A gaggle was gathered outdoors the household residence late Tuesday, with one individual holding an indication that learn “Justice for Francisco Serna.” A candlelight vigil was held in his honor.
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 submit that his father was within the early levels of dementia and would go on small walks when he had hassle sleeping. “Final night time he took his final stroll,” Serna wrote.