Unarmed elderly man with dementia shot by Bakersfield police

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A man was shot and killed by police and his family says he was suffering from dementia. (KFSN)

Police in Bakersfield are investigating an officer involved shooting. A man was shot and killed by police and his family says he was suffering from dementia.

Police say they were responding to a report of a man with a gun, when they came across 73-year-old Francisco Serna standing in a neighbor's driveway. When a witness pointed out Serna, officials say an officer believed he had a gun. That's when the officer fired several rounds, killing him.

Police later discovered Serna was not armed.

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Serna's son says his father often took late-night walks alone to tire himself out.



Serna's son says his father often took late-night walks alone to tire himself out.

"As far as gun (sic), he's against it. He voted against it. He wants to get them off the streets. So I heard somebody said earlier that's he waving a gun or something. He walks around with a cross," said Frank Serna, Francisco's son.

The officer who killed Serna is on administrative leave.
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