Widow of Vet Files Wrongful Death Suit Against Metro

LAS VEGAS -- The widow of disabled Gulf War veteran Stanley Gibson has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the Metro Police department and Clark County Sheriff Doug Gillespie, among others.

Rondha Gibson filed the federal suit Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Nevada.

The complaint alleges that the defendants killed Gibson on Dec. 12, 2011, with a .223 caliber assault rifle fired by officer Jesus Arevalo.

The suit states that Gibson suffered post traumatic stress disorder, anxiety and pain from his service in the war.

According to a report released by Metro about the shooting, a tactical plan was created that called for one officer to fire a low-lethal shotgun, which fires a small bean bag round, to shoot out the passenger side rear window. An officer would then approach using pepper spray.

However, seconds after the bean bag hit the window, another officer opened fire with an assault rifle, shooting seven rounds and killing Gibson.

The suit is asking for compensatory and punitive damages.


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