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Francisco Serna, 76
Bakersfield, California
December 12, 2016

Agencies: Bakersfield Police Department California

Last updated: 8 months ago

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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.

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