LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3) -- The wife of the man killed by Metro police late Sunday night ago talked with news 3’s Rob Munoz.
Rondha Gibson says Stanley, her husband of 8 years, was battling post-traumatic stress disorder and brain cancer from serving in the Gulf War. She says his disabilities left him incapacitated.
“He would go into paranoid delusions, thinking people were after him,” said Rondha. “He would get scared. He would get severe anxiety.”
Rondha also says he depended heavily on medications to suppress his anxiety, but his appointment to get a prescription for an anxiety medication last week was abruptly cancelled. When Rondha called about the cancellation, she was told to come get the medication on December 20th.
Rondha says she knew things wouldn't end well when Stanley was given the keys to his car by EMT officers from a previous emergency call. She says he called her last night in a daze.
“He calls me again and he goes 'will you come get me? I’m up here at the office,'” she said. “And so I go "I’m standing up here. I don’t see you. Where are you?’"
The apartment complex he was at was not his, but a neighboring one off Rainbow and Smoke Ranch. According to police, they got a call about a man matching Gibson's decription trying to break into an apartment and now in a car.
His wife says his disability made him think he was home.
“He was confused,” she said. “He can't see. He can't hear, so... oh god...”
Police say he rammed a police cruiser that closed him in, and police officers opened fire, riddling his Cadillac with bullets, and killing Stanley Gibson. Why police opened fire is still under investigation, and Rondha is left wondering why her husband could not get his medication, and why he was shot dead by police officers.
“This man would give his life for anybody,” she said. “He wasn't a liar. He wasn't a cheat. He was the best husband that anybody could ask for. He was my best friend.”
Rondha Gibson says her husband didn't own any weapons -- she removed them when he was diagnosed with mental disorders. She says Metro was supposed to have him under a 3-day psychiatric watch this past weekend. Metro has not yet confirmed these allegations.