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BPD holds press conference on Southwest Bakersfield officer-involved shooting of 73-year-old

Posted: 4:09 PM, Dec 13, 2016
Updated: 2016-12-14 07:24:13Z
BPD holds conference on SW Bakersfield shooting
BPD holds conference on SW Bakersfield shooting
BPD holds conference on SW Bakersfield shooting

The Bakersfield Police Department held a press conference on the officer-involved shooting of Francisco Serna Tuesday evening.

"The fact we thought we were dealing with an armed man," Lyle Martin with Bakersfield Police said at the press conference. "Officers normally only 20 seconds to decide. They are taking cover and assessing the situation. When officers advanced on Serna, they only had 20 seconds to make a decision."

The officer involved in the shooting was identified as Reagan Selman. 

Watch the full press conference above.

BPD also released the 911 call from 73-year-old Francisco Serna's neighbor.

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