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.


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

Ima Prick

….and there goes another minority with a computer………..twirl finger in the air here LOL

Ima Prick

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

Ima Prick

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

Fuc yu

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 Mabry (@beancrisp)

Ima Prick, FACT: Reagan Selman murdered Francisco Serna in cold blood just for kicks. If you do not acknowledge that cold hard fact it proves you are not capable of logical thinking.

Captain Juno the Avenger

“just for kicks” James Mabry? You cannot be that ignorant.

Ima Prick

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

Ima Prick

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.

Debra Kamps (@kamps0908)

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.

lola

AND THE COWARDS DEFENDERS LIKE PRICK ,,HAHAHA PRICK….ARE JUST COP ASSKISSERS!! EAT IT U A PRICK!!!

Anonymous

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

Debra Kamps (@kamps0908)

Are yoiu living in the halfway house with your illigitimate kids that someone else has to clean your toilets. With the Duh! comment I am certain you are not on the top of the food chain. More like a dropout worried about your next drug deal that your kids and the loser you slept with are taking care of for you while your sitting on the couch getting drunk.

Debra Kamps (@kamps0908)

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.

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