Officer Faces Firing in Gulf War Vet's Shooting Death - 8 News NOW

Officer Faces Firing in Gulf War Vet's Shooting Death

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Disabled Gulf War veteran Stanley Gibson, 43, suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder. Disabled Gulf War veteran Stanley Gibson, 43, suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder.

LAS VEGAS -- The Critical Incident Review Board is recommending that the officer involved in the shooting death of disabled veteran Stanley Gibson be terminated from his position with Metro Police. 

Sheriff Douglas Gillespie held a news conference Friday afternoon to say he agrees with that recommendation. This follows a internal review of the shooting.

Officer Jesus Arevalo can plead his case to keep his job before a pre-termination board; however, Gillespie has the final say.

The Gulf War veteran was shot Dec. 12, 2011 by Arevalo.

Gibson, 43, who suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder, was on his way home the day of his shooting when he became lost. Metro Police officers found him in an apartment complex where he didn't live after residents called to report suspicious activity.

Arevalo and others tried to speak with Gibson, but he refused to obey their orders. The officers had intended to shoot Gibson with beanbags, but Arevalo fired live rounds at Gibson, killing him. Gibson was shot seven times.

Gibson's mother and wife had filed separate federal lawsuits against Metro Police, but on Thursday combined their lawsuits. 

(Correction: In the story posted above, the final paragraph states that the families combined lawsuits. In fact, the federal lawsuit filed by Rhonda Gibson has been reassigned to the same judge that is handling the lawsuit filed by Gibson's mother, since much of the discovery in the separate lawsuits overlap.)

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