Francisco Serna 73 Year-Old Unarmed Man Shot 9 Times, Killed by US...

Francisco Serna 73 Year-Old Unarmed Man Shot 9 Times, Killed by US Police

An unarmed 73-year-old man suffering from dementia was shot nine times and killed by police in the US state of California and police later claimed that officers thought he was carrying a pistol.

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Francisco Serna
Francisco Serna

Francisco Serna, a father of five, was walking in Silver Birch Avenue in Bakersfield when neighbors called police, reporting that a man had brandished a handgun in the street, International Business Times reported.

When police arrived, neighbors pointed out Serna, who was then shot by an officer and pronounced dead at the scene.

“There were orders given that Serna ignored,” Bakersfield Police Sergeant Gary Carruesco told the Los Angeles Times. After searches were conducted, however, no gun was found, Carruseco confirmed.
Serna’s son, Rogelio Serna, said his dad was out in the street as he tended to have trouble sleeping.

Francisco Serna

In a video posted on the son’s account, he said: “Right across the street is where police shot my father with nine bullets to his body and my dad was not armed. There are false reports about my father having weapons. He was never armed.”

In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, the younger Serna also said: “He was a 73-year-old retired grandpa, just living life.

The officer involved in the shooting was placed on administrative leave while the shooting is investigated by the Bakersfield Police Department’s critical review board, the force confirmed.

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