BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Authorities in California say a Bakersfield police officer answering a report of a man with a gun shot and killed an unarmed 73-year-old as he stood in a neighbor’s driveway.
The man’s family says he was in the early stages of dementia.
The Kern County coroner said in a statement that the man, 73-year-old Francisco Serna, was declared dead at the scene about 1:15 a.m. Monday.
Police Sgt. Gary Carruesco tells KBAK-TV and the Los Angeles Times that police had arrived about 12:30 a.m. and when a witness pointed to Serna, one officer fired several rounds and killed him.
Carruesco no gun was turned up in a search of the scene.
Serna’s son Rogelio Serna tells the Times his father was a retired grandfather who didn’t own a gun. He says he was suffering from delusions and other early signs of dementia.