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City reaches $400,000 settlement with family of man who was killed by police in 2016

Posted at 2:39 PM, Aug 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-16 11:40:37-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — The City of Bakersfield settled a lawsuit with the family of Francisco Serna, the 73-year-old man who was shot and killed by Bakersfield police in December of 2016.

Documents show that in June, the city and the family reached a settlement for $400,000. Based on the agreement, the city does not admit to any liability or negligence.

Serna who suffered from Dementia was shot and killed in December of 2016.

Police responded to his home in Southwest Bakersfield after a neighbor said Serna was armed with a gun.

Officials say Serna did not comply with demands and was shot by officer Reagan Selman.

The BPD and the District Attorney's office determined the shooting was justified because Selman acted in self defense.