Francisco Serna, a 73-year-old who was struggling with dementia, was shot and killed this past Monday when Reagan Selman (a 26-year-old rookie who was promoted from from trainee to cop this past February) fired seven shots into Serna for allegedly failing to take his hands out of his jacket pocket.
Selman, a former US Marine, obviously threatened by the old man, didn't pause to confirm that what Serna was holding was a crucifix. It didn't help that Selman responded to a call that alleged that a man was holding a revolver -- he went into the scenario with an "armed man" embedded in his military brain.
The radio call brought seven cops to the scene, but Selman was the only one who opened fire just 20 to 30 seconds after a bystander allegedly yelled "That's him!" Serna was pronounced dead in the driveway on the same block of his home.
If you go by The Guardian, this is no surprise. Bakersfield, California has the most fatal police shootings per capita in the United States. In 2015, 14 people were killed by Bako's finest, which has a population of about 875,000 in its encompassing Kern County. To put it into perspective, New York City’s five boroughs has 10 times the population, but there were only 10 fatal police shootings. Serna is the fifth person to be killed by police in the Bakersfield area in 2016 -- that doesn't sound like a lot until you realize how small Bakersfield is.
And Selman? Don't worry about him -- he's on paid administrative leave while his department investigates the case -- early Christmas vacation!