Unarmed man, 73, shot dead by police answering 'gun' call
A California police officer answering a report of a man with a gun has shot dead an unarmed 73-year-old man said to be in the early stages of dementia, who was standing in a neighbour's driveway.
The Kern County coroner said Francisco Serna was declared dead at the scene in Bakersfield at about 1.15am local time on Monday.
Sergeant Gary Carruesco told KBAK-TV and the Los Angeles Times that police arrived at about 12.30am and when a witness pointed to Mr Serna, an officer fired several rounds and killed him.
Mr Carruesco said no gun was found in a search of the scene.
Mr Serna's son Rogelio told the Times his father was a retired grandfather who did not own a gun. He said he was suffering from delusions and other early signs of dementia.