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DA Expected to Seek Indictment Against Metro Officer

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Victim Stanley Gibson Victim Stanley Gibson

LAS VEGAS -- District Attorney Steve Wolfson is expected to seek an indictment against the Metro Police officer who shot and killed a Persian Gulf war veteran.

Officer Jesus Arevalo opened fire killing Stanley Gibson last December. Gibson's widow says he was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

The plan was for officers to use a beanbag shotgun and pepper spray, but that was foiled when Arevalo opened fire with his rifle.

Those who knew Gibson feel this indictment is needed and welcome it. His family and friends say Gibson somehow became lost and confused at his apartment complex when the shooting happened. He was in his car, boxed in by two Metro cars. He did not respond to commands to exit his vehicle.

According to published reports, at least a dozen people are expected to testify in the grand jury hearing, that could start as early as next week. The hearing could take weeks or even months.

Steven Sanson of Veterans in Politics has been working with Gibson's widow since the shooting, hoping to get justice for the war veteran.

"This will set a precedence for all the other officers. Before you reach for that gun, think about what you are doing. Make sure there is no threat to you or anyone around you," Sanson said.

Clark County Sheriff Doug Gillespie declined to comment on camera. The union that represents Metro officers disagrees with the potential indictment and the grand jury process.

"The grand jury is a very secretive process. So, we are not going to be able to hear the facts or circumstances of the Gibson shooting, which quite honestly is a disservice to the public," Chris Collins, with the Las Vegas Police Protective Association, said.

Collins said he is not sure if this is a political move by DA Wolfson or not. He also added this indictment was no surprise for the officer who opened fire on Gibson.

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