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Veteran's Widow Speaks on Husband's Death

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Rhonda Gibson stands by the car that her husband was shot in. Courtesy of viewer Rhonda Gibson stands by the car that her husband was shot in. Courtesy of viewer

LAS VEGAS -- A grand jury could decide this week if criminal charges should be brought against an officer who shot and killed Stanley Gibson last year.

Gibson's widow Rhonda says she will never get used to her life without her husband, who suffered from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

The Gulf War veteran was on his way home last December when he became confused and lost.

Metro officer Jesus Arevalo and others tried to talk to Gibson, but they said he refused to obey commands. The confrontation ended with Arevalo shooting and killing Stanley Gibson.

"It took my heart. It took my soul. It took the warm spot that I had, the trust I had for people. I don't trust anybody any more," Rhonda Gibson said. "I just want justice for my husband. I want justice for all the veterans, and I want justice for all the mistreatment."

District Attorney Steve Wolfson is expected to seek an indictment against Arevalo. Metro Police released a YouTube video last week with Sheriff Doug Gillespie calling the district attorney's decision a mistake.

"Today, I come before you with a difficult message, one that I hoped would not occur," Gillespie said. "I do not see this fatal shooting as a criminal act. Stanley Gibson's death is a tragedy, and should never have happened. The actions of the officers involved in this incident were not criminal."

Gillespie said changes were made following the shooting. Metro focused on defusing critical situations, and training has become the focus for the department.

"I have a duty to let our organization know that I stand on the side of our officers," Gillespie said.

Rhonda Gibson says she feels it's her fault she wasn't there to protect her husband and will remember that tragic December night.

"There's nothing that can make this right," she said. "That was my life right there. How could it ever be right without him with me?"

Investigators say at least a dozen people are expected to testify in the grand jury proceedings of this case.

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