Police in the US state of California have killed a 73-year-old man of Latino descent, who was unarmed and suffered from dementia.
Francisco Serna was standing in his neighbor’s driveway in Bakersfield on Monday, when he was shot dead by an officer who was responding to a call about an armed man in the area.
Sergeant Gary Carruesco told the Los Angeles Times that the cop shot Serna multiple times after a witness pointed him out as the suspect.
The Kern County coroner said the old man died at the scene after half an hour.
Sergeant Carruesco confirmed that no firearms were found after a search of the area.
The officer who killed Serna was put on administrative leave while the incident was under investigation, Bakersfield Police Department said.
According to Serna’s son Rogelio, the victim was a retired grandfather who was suffering from delusions and other early signs of dementia. According to his son, Serna did not possess any firearms.