DA: Mistakes Led to Gulf War Veteran's Death by Police

LAS VEGAS -- The District Attorney released its final report on the police officer-involved shooting death of Gulf War veteran Stanley Gibson Thursday afternoon.

According to the Clark County District Attorney, the officer who shot and killed Gibson in December 2011 did not act criminally, because he perceived that Gibson was a threat.

"Mr. Gibson's death was especially tragic because there were so many missed opportunities to get him the help he so obviously needed," District Attorney Steve Wolfson said in a statement. "On top of that, there were mistakes and a breakdown in communication in the apartment parking lot that led directly to the shooting. However, I believe that through subsequent policy changes and training the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department has addressed many of the issues raised in this report. I believe that if the officers were presented with these same circumstances today we would have a different outcome."

The report shows several incidences during the 36 hours prior to Gibson's death, including several 911 calls made by Gibson, contacts with emergency responders and attempts by police officers to get him the help, through the Legal 2000 process, that they believed he needed, according to the district attorney's office.

Criminal charges will not made in this case, the district attorney's office said.


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