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Las Vegas officer terminated in shooting death of Stanley Gibson

By Krista Hostetler. CREATED Oct 16, 2013

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Sheriff Doug Gillespie has approved the termination of Las Vegas Patrol Officer Jesus Arevalo.

Arevalo fired shots on Dec. 14, 2011, which killed Stanley Gibson.

Gibson was sitting in his car, outside of a North Las Vegas apartment complex, with the doors locked. Despite police commands to surrender, he was reportedly spinning his tires to the point where there was smoke.

Gibson was unarmed during the encounter.

His wife said the Gulf War veteran suffered from post traumatic stress disorder causing him to behave erratically.

Steve Sanson with Veterans in Politics, an anti-police corruption group, spoke to the widow on Wednesday after the news of the termination broke.

"She's happy that Jesus Arevalo is terminated," he told Action News. "She's still grieving. She has faced a lot of personal difficulties, financially and emotionally."

The Pre-Termination Board with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department met on Sept. 30 to hear the facts of the case.

On Oct. 10, they forwarded a unanimous decision to the sheriff recommending Arevalo's termination.

In making its decision, the board reviewed six separate adverse findings listed in the final report of the Critical Incident Review Team.

Specifically listed was the violation of Metro's use of force policy. The other five remaining violations involved failure to adhere to numerous training protocols.

Based on Arevalo's actions during the event, it was the decision of the board, he lacked the ability to make sound decisions in situations routinely faced by police officers.

Sheriff Gillespie agreed with the board's recommendation and signed the order which terminated Arevalo's employment with Metro, effected Oct. 15.

Sanson believes the sheriff was pressured into making the decision, "We all know that this is not Sheriff Doug Gillespie's recommendation. This is the recommendation of the use of force board. The sheriff is not sorry for what happened."

Sheriff Gillespie was reportedly unavailable for comment. Action News met with Arevalo, but he declined our interview request.

Krista Hostetler

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Krista Hostetler is currently the Senior Web Editor for ktnv.com and KTNV Mobile.