73-year-old man had crucifix sticking out of jacket when he was shot by BPD officer

Posted at 2:41 AM, Dec 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-15 20:17:50-05

UPDATE (Dec. 15, 2016 4:55 p.m.): According to the autopsy, five of the seven bullets fired by Officer Selman hit Francisco Serna. At least one bullet went through Serna. Three hit a neighbor's home.


UPDATE (Dec. 14, 2016 4:30 p.m.): The cause of death of Frank Serna was multiple gunshot wounds, and the manner of death was a homicide, according to KCSO.


UPDATE (Dec. 14, 2016, 11:09 a.m.): According to the Bakersfield Police Department, 73-year-old Francisco Serna had a dark-colored simulated woodgrain crucifix between his shirt and jacket when he was shot. The object was not found in his hand.

BPD officers were not wearing body cameras and there is no dashcam footage of the shooting. According to ABC News, there were at least seven shots fired. It is unclear how many times Serna was actually hit.

The 73-year-old was suffering from early stages of dementia and leaves behind five children, 16 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

The family claimed that Serna was lying naked in the driveway. The man was completely clothed and covered in a yellow tarp until crime lab photographer arrived to take pictures.

The coroner's officer showed up and cut the man's clothes off to search him, according to the family.

An autopsy was being performed Wednesday.


UPDATE (Dec. 13, 2016, 10:52 a.m.): According to Bakersfield police, no gun was found at the scene and Sergeant Gary Carruesco does not know what - or if - 73-year-old Francisco Serna was holding anything when he was shot by a BPD officer.

Sgt. Carruesco shared that even if officers are aware ahead of time that someone at the residence has a history of a mental disease, they do not approach the scene any differently. Whatever Serna was doing that was threatening has not yet been determined.

Information about whether non-lethal force was administered will be released later today.


UPDATE (Dec. 12, 2016, 6:15 p.m.): No gun was found at the scene, according to BPD.


A man is dead after he was shot and killed by Bakersfield Police early Monday morning in Southwest Bakersfield. 

According to police, the man, who has been identified by family as 73-year-old Francisco Serna, was brandishing a gun at around 12:30 a.m. in the area of Silver Birch Avenue and Alderpointe Street. 

After making contact with Serna, police say an officer fired several shots, hitting and killing him. It's not known how many shots were fired. Family say eight shots were fired. 

Family says Serna had been suffering from the early stages of dementia and had police called to his home several times without incident. 

Family members also say Serna did not own a gun. Bakersfield Police say they are searching the scene for the gun that Serna was allegedly brandishing. 

No officers were hurt.