On Dec. 12, a 73-year-old California man was shot and killed by a Bakersfield police officer -- reportedly for no reason whatsoever.
The victim was identified by the Kern County coroner’s office as Francisco Serna, reports the Los Angeles Times. Serna was in the early stages of dementia, his family said.
Police had been to Serna’s home at least two times in the past, when the man became confused and accidentally activated his medical alarm.
The Dec. 12 tragedy commenced when police responded to a report of a man armed with a handgun, according to Bakersfield police Sgt. Gary Carruesco. Upon arriving at the scene, police found Serna in the driveway of a residence one block from his house. Why the police officer opened fire on him remains a mystery.
Investigators canvassed the area after the shooting but did not find a gun, Carruesco said. Police also failed to turn up a firearm after searching the family’s home and cars, said Francisco Serna’s son, Rogelio Serna.
The victim was a retired father of five, said Rogelio. “My dad did not own a gun. He was a 73-year-old retired grandpa, just living life,” he added. “He should have been surrounded by family at old age, not surrounded by bullets.”
The son also posted a video on Facebook in which he accused the police of murdering his father, reports the Daily Mail.
Francisco lived with his wife and one of his daughters in Bakersfield. Rogelio said his parents moved there some eight years ago, to be closer to their children. The victim retired in the mid-2000s, after working for years at a cotton gin in McFarland, California.
The officer involved in the shooting was placed on administrative leave and the incident is being reviewed, Carruesco said.