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Officer Reagan Selman: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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Officer Reagan Selman and his wife. (Facebook)

A 26-year-old rookie has been identified as the police officer who fatally shot an elderly man suffering from dementia early Monday morning in California.

Francisco Serna, who was not armed with a gun, was shot seven times by Officer Reagan Selman while on a walk in his neighborhood in Bakersfield, NBC Los Angeles reports.

Officers responded to the 7900 block of Silver Birch Avenue about 12:35 a.m. Monday for a report of a man “brandishing a handgun,” Bakersfield Police Sergeant Gary Carruesco told the Los Angeles Times.

“My dad did not own a gun. He was a 73-year-old retired grandpa, just living life,” Rogelio Serna told the Times. “He should have been surrounded by family at old age, not surrounded by bullets.”

Here’s what you need to know:


1. Serna Was Possibly Holding a Crucifix When He Was Shot, His Daughter Says

Police responded to Silver Birch Avenue about 12:35 a.m. Monday for a report of a man brandishing a handgun, the Los Angeles Times reports.

A witness pointed the arriving officers to a man, later identified as Francisco Serna, in the driveway of a home, Carruesco said. Officer Reagan Selman fired several shots at him. He was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

Selman was about 15 to 20 feet away from Serna when he shot him seven times, police said.

Carruesco said investigators have not found a gun, or any other weapons, at the scene.

“During a search of Mr. Serna a dark colored simulated woodgrain crucifix was recovered,” police said in a statement. “Mr. Serna was not armed at the time of the shooting. No firearm has been recovered.”

Serna’s daughter, Laura Serna, told Time that her father had recently started carrying a 6-inch wooden crucifix and that may have been mistaken for a weapon.

Laura Serna said her father sometimes waved the crucifix at people.

“There were moments where he thought he was going to die of old age,” Laura Serna told Time. “He was just carrying that around. I don’t know if it was like for his security. They could have mistaken that for a weapon.”

Bakersfield Police Chief Lyle Martin said at a press conference Selman and his partner were the first officers on the scene. Martin said Serna refused to take his hand out of his jacket pocket and stopped moving, and that is when he was shot by Selman. About 10 minutes passed from the time of the 911 call to the shooting, but only 20 to 30 seconds passed from when the officers arrived to when the shooting occurred.

Martin said the caller told the officers “‘That’s him!'” and then 20 seconds passed when shots were fired.

“They’re being told he had a handgun and ‘that’s him.’ It’s kind of tough to address that in 20 seconds,” Martin said.

Police said Serna did not make any threatening moves toward the officers and no less-than-lethal force attempts were made prior to the shooting.

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Francisco Serna. (Family photo)

Francisco Serna’s son, Rogelio, told the Los Angeles Times that his father has been showing signs of dementia since 2015, and the symptoms, including delusions, have been getting worse recently.

Rogelio Serna said on Facebook his father often had trouble sleeping and would take “small walks to cope and make himself tired.”

Serna’s son wrote, “Well around 12:30 a.m. Monday morning … He took his last walk and was killed in a 15 (minute) window frame (right) across the street from his home.”

Rogelio Serna told The Times that Bakersfield Police had been called to his father’s home twice in the past after Francisco Serna became confused and activated a medical alarm.

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2. He Was Promoted to Police Officer From Trainee in February

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Reagan Selman. (Facebook)

Reagan Selman joined the police department 16 months ago, NBC Los Angeles reports.

According to the Bakersfield city website, he was promoted from trainee to full police officer in February 2016.

About the shooting, Bakersfield Police Chief Lyle Martin told reporters it was a “difficult set of circumstance for an officer fearing a man with a gun,” NBC Los Angeles reports.

“This is a tragic incident for their family, the community as a whole, and the police department,” Martin said.


3. Selman Served in the Marines Corps & Left as a Sergeant

Reagan Selman in Djibouti in 2011. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by SSgt Donald Bohanner)

Reagan Selman in Djibouti in 2011. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by SSgt Donald Bohanner)

Selman served in the Marine Corps and left as a sergeant, according to his Facebook page. It is not known when he left. He is originally from Texas.

A Marines website shows Selman at Camp Moussa in Djibouti, Africa, in 2011 while with Assault Section, Weapons Platoon, Charlie Company, Battalion Landing Team 1/1, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit(MEU). He and other Marines were there to train local forces.


4. Serna Was a Retired Father & Grandfather Who Moved to Bakersfield to be Closer to His Children

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Francisco Serna was fatally shot by police in Bakersfield, California. Serna, 73, who suffered from dementia, was not armed, police said.

Francisco Serna is survived by his wife, his five children, his grandchildren and greatgrandchildren, his son told the Los Angeles Times.

He was retired from his job working at a cotton gin in McFarland, California, and moved to Bakersfield with his wife about eight years ago to be closer to his children, Rogelio Serna told the newspaper.


5. Selman Has Been Placed on Paid Leave While the Shooting Is Investigated

Reagan Selman. (Facebook)

Reagan Selman. (Facebook)

The investigation into the shooting is ongoing by the police department’s critical review board, police said. Selman has been placed on paid administrative leave, the Bakersfield Police Department said.

Bakersfield, California, is located in Kern County, which a report from the Guardian found to have the most fatal police shootings per capita in the United States.

In 2015, there were 14 people killed by police in the county, which has a population of about 875,000, according to the Guardian’s report. In New York City’s five counties, home to about 10 times the amount of people, there were 10 fatal police shootings, the Guardian reported.

Serna was the fifth person to be killed by police in Kern County in 2016, according to The Counted, the Guardian’s project to track police shootings.

Since the Guardian’s reports on Kern County, calls have been made for the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate the Bakersfield Police Department.

Families of several men killed by Bakersfield police held a press conference in October 2016 to call for the federal intervention, KERO-TV reported at the time.
Ben Meiselas, an attorney with the powerful law firm Geragos & Geragos, said they were there to send a message.

“That is for the Department of Justice to take over the Bakersfield Police Department,” Meiselas said. “And to have an inspector or a federal supervisor monitoring the department on a daily basis.”

The four families represented at the press conference all have open federal law suits against the department and have claimed “systematic corruption and widespread civil rights abuses within BPD.”

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55 comments

    • Idiots like James Mabry shouldn’t be allowed to play on their mom’s computer. Part of his problem is that he was breast fed until he was 22. Nice shooting there! Enjoy your week off of paid vaction Officer Selman. “Protect and Serve” baby! LOL

        • So? That’s his problem. The officer was there to help him out. He doesn’t have dementia anymore does he? NO? I didn’t think so so siddown and shadddddddddap. LOL I understand Mr Anonymous, I used to call people names when I was 8 years old too lol lol
          PS I’ve been to Bakersfield. He’s better off dead anyway LOL

          • You know some day I’d love to met you. So that you my express yourself better in person, but I know that will never happen. People like you are a dime a dozen, type all kinds of mess and hide behind a screen. So hey I won’t take your time and tell you how stupid you sound, cause it’s useless. Unless you were standing in front of me, well Merry Christmas, Happy New Year. God bless

              • James is trying to “set a record”. LOL. And to your point (besides the one on top of your head that is) all it proves is that I am smarter than you. I realize you run into that often ha ha

                • Ah I see. So you admit to lacking any real world common sense. No emotion or bias in your perspective I see lol. No, not you baby. The officer just saw this guy picking his nose and just shot him out of the blue huh? OH, ok, well I’m glad you don’t work in our IT dept. You’re one of those “too smart to put gas in the car types”. Uh huh. Have a nice weekend. You need the time off.

            • Ima Prick doesn’t know how to wipe his own ass, that’s why he is such a prick. He doesn’t have a brain for logical thinking, he destroyed it with drugs, alcohol and anything else he could get his hands on when mommy and daddy went on their benders and left him all alone to play with the monsters under his bed.

        • Oh look, 2 more morons have to comment. Just can’t face the facts can ya? Been bullied by the police too much so you get on these message forums and actually believe you have rights. I mean if you’d quit smoking pot, stealing other people’s property and low riding I guess you’d head in the right direction. LOL. Ya think it’d keep you out of trouble a little?? Duh! LOL. I’m glad there are people like you in the world though. I mean someone has to clean our kids toilets and deliver our pizzas. LOL LOL. I suppose that beats getting deported back to whatever 3rd world country your ancestors came from or picking cabbage somewhere huh? ha ha ha ha

    • Your probably somewhat on the target with that statement, he probably suffers from PTSD and a few other things that military personnel come back with, here’s the point to this entire catastrophe. They already have the most kills by police in this county and they hire someone who has been in war and who knows what they suffer from because they are trained to be the best/especially the Marines so they don’t break even when they have issues until they are so serious they go off and kill someone or do something serious as in this case. He should have never been a police officer and he should not be on leave he should be sitting in jail for murder and not in our public jails but in military jail for taking the life of a civilian without cause except for his foolish fear. I see a cop car with K-9 unit on it, why the hell wasn’t the dog sent out if this freak was so concerned about a gun? Send him to prison or give him the death penalty, to many cops using I feared for my life! for an excuse. If your that scared of your own fricking shadow then stay home and protect the rest of us from your insanity. You don’t deserve to be alive. Whoever reported this guy for having a gun should also be sitting in prison and charged with murder and given the death sentence. Cops are dirty and they get away with murder every day. To much being left go because the heads of the justice system and those that sit on the jurys that should be convicting these assholes are afraid of what will happen to them if they sentence them to prison or give them the death penalty for the murders they are committing. It’s time justice is given and those that don’t want to sentence these assholes should be thrown out of office and put in front of the same cops that are getting away with murder and left to be murdered by those cops.

  1. And btw which one of you mo fos is delivering my pizza? You are running late already and I’m hungry dammit!!!! What happened did you lose your green card?

  2. You guys are casting stones. I was merely pointing out excellent police work. That’s one more nut bag not collecting benefits and living my hard earned money and someone potentially dangerous to me and my family. You will be judged by a just God. You will be responsible and your “knee will bow” one day.

    • Your the nut bag and a danger to society and your family, they should be taking your ass out, I can guess you earn very little and what you do earn is above what you should be earning, probably a line worker in some type of industry and fried your brain early, couldn’t keep your dick in your pants so you have a family that you can’t afford and your wife doesn’t want to even be around your nasty ass so you take it out on the rest of the world. A hater casting stones and using the church and GOD to approve of murder. Drop dead asshole

  3. I am a caregiver for a man with dementia. When people with dementia become delusional they need to be taken care of somewhat like a child. They need to be told not to do certain things that rational people would know are dangerous. If you wouldn’t let your child go for a walk in the middle of the night, why would you let your father who has dementia do it? Very sad. If it were my dad, and he really wanted to go for a walk I would have gone with him.

  4. The photo of the cop and his wife really is sicking, why do they even have his wife up, they don’t show her face, just that she has a hot body and I suppose that’s enough to get some of you guys off to saying it’s ok for this prick to shoot an unarmed man. She should demand that it be taken down to save face if she is a real woman with any type of moral values.

  5. As an internet troll I enjoy spending time going to message boards like this getting people fired up. Many reactions of posters are hilarious. I’ve been doing this all year and devised a little contest for myself. Respondents w/ the most posts to my flaming messages are the “winners”. We had a couple of candidates in the lead this year until someone responding here on this board “took the lead”. James and Debra must be married or related…….er or both lol. I am sure they must have some connection to Bakersfield. I think they call them “kin folk” there ha ha ha and use other hillbilly terms. Certainly their necks are “red” shall we say. Anyway over the weekend you can see quite a few posts here. If no one else takes the lead before Jan 1st then we have a “winner” for the biggest, most gullable dumbshit of the year responding to my trolling. Congratulations __________………I don’t want to name the winner just yet. Maybe she’ll add to her “record” ha ha. PS for 2017 you should follow the adage: “Don’t feed the trolls”. It only makes it worse (or better if you’re trolling like me) if you do. My kids and I had a good time reviewing comments last night over dinner. Thanks for entertaining us. Sheesh, you are as sharp as a bowling ball LOL LOL.

    • Hold your keyboard upside down and push the Delete button 7 times…..Don’t drop the keyboard on your face while doing so……….otherwise get a hardhat

    • Sit on a bucket (upside down hopefully, duh), put a “banjo on yer knee” (as if there wasn’t one there already lol), play w/ your right hand and pull yer pud w/ your left hand. Hopefully that will delete what you want. lol

  6. I guess the “Great and Powerful” Mabry Klan has moved on. Did someone spray you guys with Raid like the other cockroaches? LOL. How’s that delete effort going for you? Stick to yer hot tub and banjo lessons. Yew ain’t ready to step up to the big leagues yet. LOL