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Former Marine Challenges Officer Involved in Shooting to a Fight

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LAS VEGAS -- A former United States Marine is challenging a Las Vegas police officer to an Mixed Martial Arts fight.

Steve Sanson is challenging Officer Jesus Arevalo to a fight after Arevalo shot and killed Stanley Gibson on December 21, 2011. Gibson was unarmed at the time of the shooting.

Sanson is the president of Veterans In Politics International and challenged Arevalo after he learned Arevalo is active in the sport.

"I know that a lot of people would like to see both of us in the ring and it would be an opportunity to turn a tragedy into some good," said Sanson in a press release. According to Sanson, most of the proceeds would go to charity.

Celestine Gibson, the mother of Stanley Gibson, recently filed suit against Metro, asking for at least $20 million. 

Police say on December 21, 2011, officers were called to the Alondra Condominium Complex to investigate a report that two men were trying to break in to a condo. When officers arrived, the suspects had apparently left the area. While officers were taking a report, Gibson pulled into the complex and parked. As police approached his vehicle, he started his car and tried to leave. Police pinned his car, keeping him from leaving the area, and tried to get him out of the vehicle.

Officers at the scene then came up with a plan to get Gibson out of the car. They decided to shoot out a car window with a beanbag gun and then deploy pepper spray inside the vehicle. When the officer fired the beanbag round, Officer Jesus Arevalo fired seven rounds from an AR-15 rifle into the car, striking Gibson and killing him.

The lawsuit alleges officers at the scene were negligent during their interaction with Gibson. The suit also alleges Metro's use of the AR-15 contributed to Gibson's death.

Due to legal wrangling's, a coroner's inquest into Gibson's death has not been conducted.

Family members say Gibson, a disabled war veteran, had just moved to a nearby apartment and was confused about his location. The lawsuit alleges Metro's Crisis Intervention Team, who are specifically trained to deal with mentally distressed people, were never called to the scene.

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