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Unarmed Grandfather, Francisco Serna, 73, Killed in Bakersfield Police Shooting

BAKERSFIELD, California (December 13, 2016) — Police shot and killed an unarmed grandfather suffering from dementia early Monday morning after receiving a call there was a man brandishing a handgun in the 7900 block of Silver Birch Avenue, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Despite a search of the area and the man’s home and vehicles, there were no firearms located.

The fatal officer-involved shooting took place about 12:30 a.m. on Dec. 12. A witness allegedly pointed to the elderly man who was standing in a driveway at a residence prior to a police officer firing multiple shots at him. The 73-year-old man died of his injuries at the scene of the incident.

Francisco Serna was a father of five children and was retired and suffering from the early stages of dementia. His son told the Times he had experienced delusions and had trouble sleeping and often walked late at night to tire himself out before going to bed.

The victim lived with his wife and one of his daughters, his son lived nearby.

The police officer who shot and killed Serna was placed on administrative leave. The fatal shooting is under investigation as is routinely done under these circumstances.

— Those of us at Johnson Attorneys Group offer our sincere condolences to the family of Mr. Serna as they cope with this senseless tragedy.

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