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Updated: 12/12/2012 6:51 pm
The widow of a disabled war vet filed a federal civil lawsuit against the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, the Sheriff, and several officers. Rondha Gibson, filed the suit on the one year anniversary of her husband’s death. News 3's Sandra Gonzalez has the update.

LAS VEGAS (KSNV & MyNews3) -- The widow of a disabled war vet filed a federal civil lawsuit against the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, the Sheriff, and several officers.

Rondha Gibson, filed the suit on the one year anniversary of her husband’s death, considered one of the most controversial officer involved shootings in the city.

It happened a few blocks at an apartment complex from where he lived. Stanley Gibson was had stopped taking his anti-anxiety medication and got lost. Officers were investigating a call of a suspicious person, when Gibson car became pinned between two squad cars.

Officers fired, and ended up killing him. He was unarmed.

In the lawsuit, former Sheriff Bill Young is mentioned as stating that the shooting of Stanley Gibson was “totally inappropriate to have a long gun at that close distance, aimed at an individual who was unarmed and apparently unarmed.”

In the 15 page lawsuit, Officer Jesus Arevalo is mentioned as firing an assault rifle at Gibson seven times killing him.

While Rondha Gibson was attending a memorial in honor of her husband Wednesday in honor of her husband, she did not want to speak. Instead she sat with members of the group “Veterans In Politics” which have been offering her encouragement and support.

The group’s president Steve Sanson says the lawsuit is an important message to all police departments.
“The PTSD that our veterans have when they are coming back, our country needs to recognize and apparently they're not recognizing it. Any type of police department needs to have some type of PTSD recognition in their department that way they won’t go and gun down these folks,” Sanson said.

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