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)

Bakersfield police shot and killed an unarmed man whose family says was suffering from dementia, after officers say they believed he was holding a gun.

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 as the incident is investigated.
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