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Officer at center of Gibson shooting faces termination

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Updated: 5/31/2013 10:57 pm
LAS VEGAS (KSNV & MyNews3) -- Sheriff Doug Gillespie today announced that the officer who fired the deadly rounds at veteran Stanley Gibson in December 2011 could lose his job.

The sheriff wrapped up a news conference where he announced that Officer Jesus Arevalo will go before the department's pre-termination board sometime in the next few weeks.

The decision follows an examination of the shooting by Metro's internal Use of Force and Tactical Review Board.

On the night of the shooting police say Gibson confused someone else's apartment complex as his own and they had received reports of a break in, making him a person of interest.

When officers arrived they cornered Gibson in his white Cadillac and created a plan to force Gibson out of his car by shooting out his back window with a beanbag gun.

The report says when Arevalo heard that shot he thought Gibson was shooting at them and opened fire with his AR-15.

No matter what the pre-termination board decides, Gillespie has the option to save Arevalo's job or dismiss him outright.

Two other officers -- Lt. David Dockenforf and Sgt. Michael Hnatuick -- are also facing disciplinary action. The sheriff would not outline what discipline the Use of Force Board had recommended for the two.

The sheriff did say that several mistakes were made by Metro officers during the entire incident, but said "Officer Arevalo is the only one who used deadly force."

If the sheriff does fire Arevalo he can appeal the decision to an arbitrator.


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