BPD identifies officer who shot and killed elderly Bakersfield man yesterday morning

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - The Bakersfield Police Department has released the name of an officer involved in a shooting that killed an elderly man in southwest Bakersfield yesterday.


Officer Reagan Selman, who has been with the BPD since July of 2015, shot and killed 73-year-old Francisco Serna yesterday morning while responding to a call of a man who reportedly had a gun.


The BPD reported that seven officers had responded to the scene where Serna was shot and killed, neighbors reported that they heard roughly eight shots though the the BPD confirmed that the officer fired seven rounds; they did confirm that Serna did not have a gun.


Serna's family said that he was showing early signs of dementia and took late night walks around the neighborhood frequently. Early yesterday morning a resident in the area called the BPD to report a man who allegedly had a gun on him.


Reportedly, Serna did not comply with commands from the officers on scene. That's when a BPD officer fired his gun several times, killing Serna.

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