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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.

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