LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3) – A grand jury has declined to indict a Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department officer in the shooting death of a Gulf War veteran a little more than a year ago.
A spokesman for the Las Vegas Police Protective Association confirmed that Officer Jesus Arevalo will not face charges for the death of Stanley Gibson.
The Clark County District Attorney’s office said it could not comment because all grand jury deliberations are secret and a record is only made if an indictment is returned.
Gibson, 43, sat in a car at an apartment complex at Smoke Ranch and Rainbow on Dec. 12, 2011. He was unarmed, and his widow, Rondha, also said he was confused and off his medications.
When Metro officers arrived, Gibson refused to get out of his car. Police planned to shoot a bean bag gun, breaking his window then pepper spraying him out.
Police said Arevalo did not get that message. He fired multiple gunshots from an assault rifle and killed Gibson.
Rondha Gibson filed a lawsuit this past week against Metro Sheriff Doug Gillespie, Arevalo and other officers.
Gibson's death has led to several changes for Metro.
The ACLU and NAACP became involved in how officer-involved shootings were investigated, and an arm of the Department of Justice reviewed Metro's use-of-force policies. That prompted Gillespie to announce new changes and promise more transparency from his department.
There also have been recent moves by the Clark County Commission to revise the coroner’s inquest process, which was struck down by the Nevada Supreme Court in October.