LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3) -- The sheriff addressed the shooting of Gulf War veteran Stanley Gibson in a press conference Monday – an unusual step so soon after an officer-involved shooting occurred.
The Sherriff said the press conference was held because Las Vegas has not had a coroner's inquest in more than a year, due to a dispute with the police officers’ union.
An amateur home video captured Stanley Gibson's last moments inside his Cadillac, pinned between two metro cruisers. Metro says he was a robbery suspect and that he rammed a officer's car.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal is reporting unnamed metro sources that officers fired beanbag rounds at Gibson to subdue him, and that another officer, in reaction, fired lethal rounds.
Gibson’s wife told News 3 on Monday that Gibson was having episiodes from his post-traumatic stress disorder.
Sheriff Doug Gillespie, in a press conference yesterday afternoon, admitted Gibson was unarmed at the time he was shot, and says he vows to investigate the incident thoroughly.
"From the time the officers pinned the vehicle to the time shots were fired by us was approximately 30 minutes,” said Gillespie. “We attempted to negotiate with the suspect to no avail. As of today, the officer who fired has not given us a statement.”
Gillespie says the ranking officers at the scene were a lieutenant watch commander and a sergeant. He didn't say whether the shooting officer was following orders, or acting on his own.
The officer or officers involved in the shooting are expected to give a statement to Sheriff Gillespie in the next 3 days.
This shooting was metro's 18th officer-involved shooting of the year, and their 12 fatal shooting.