BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - There is new information about the fatal police shooting in Bakersfield of an unarmed 73-year-old man on Monday.
A police officer fired several shots at Francisco Serna near his home early Monday.
Los Angeles Times reported Serna was holding a crucifix at the time of the shooting. But Bakersfield police say a neighbor had called 911 and erroneously reported he was carrying a gun.
They say Serna repeatedly ignored commands to show his hands.
“The fact that we thought we were dealing with an armed subject. Approximately 20 to 30 seconds passed from the RP saying that's him to the first shot fired,” said Bakersfield Police Chief Lyle Martin.
On Tuesday night hundreds of people gathered for a vigil outside the home where Serna was killed to express their anger over his death.
“They need to be held accountable because this is just happening too often to too many people,” said Serna’s daughter.