Sheriff Recommends Firing Officer Who Killed Vet

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Clark County Sheriff Doug Gillespie says he's recommending the firing of an officer who shot and killed an unarmed, disabled Gulf War veteran who refused to get out of his car in December 2011.

Gillespie says an investigation by Las Vegas Metro's Critical Incident Review Process Board concluded there were "critical missteps" in the shooting of 43-year-old Stanley Gibson in December 2011.

The sheriff says while multiple issues were cited, he's recommending Officer Jesus Arevalo's firing because he was the only one who used deadly force during the standoff with Gibson.

Before the termination can take effect, Arevalo will be able to make his case at an internal pre-termination hearing before three officers. Gillespie then will make a final decision after the officers submit a recommendation.

Union lawyer David Roger pledged to mount a "vigorous" defense for Arevalo at the hearing.

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