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Metro OIS victim and war veteran laid to rest

Makayla Zurn

Metro OIS victim and war veteran laid to rest

By Makayla Zurn. CREATED Dec 23, 2011

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- The Gulf War Veteran who was shot and killed by Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department officers was laid to rest today. 

Stanley Gibson's wife Rhonda, who has been very vocal with us about the death of her husband, was inconsolable after the funeral.

The family is still very angry about the way Stanley was treated by Veteran Affairs, and the circumstances surrounding the night he was killed by a Metro officer.

"He was a soldier and he protected everybody he knew, but he was a good man," said sister-in-law Cheryl Chester. "I can't say enough about what a good man he was. He's taken care of my sister for 11 years and it's crazy that he's taken from her, it's wrong," she said.

Rhonda Gibson has been fighting for justice after her husband, unarmed and not in his right mind, was shot by Metro police earlier this month. She says the Gulf War vet was in a delusional state that night. He was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and off his meds.

"We didn't realize how bad things were unfortunately. We really wanted to be in a position to help him," said Chaplain for VFW Post 12093, Jeremy Schmitt.

Other veterans mourning Gibson say if you or someone you know is suffering from PTSD symptoms, reach out to fellow VFW members, as the bond of service makes them like family. 

Members of Gibson's VFW Post were out in full support for a man they call their brother, even if they didn't know him personally.

"We might not know each other, we might not know each others first or last names, but the fact is we're veterans. We're brothers for life," said Dennis Soukup from VFW Post 12093.

The three Metro officers involved were placed on paid administrative leave following the shooting. And the investigation is still on going.