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Metro fires officer involved in war veteran's shooting death

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Updated: 10/17/2013 7:37 am
LAS VEGAS -- Sheriff Doug Gillespie has approved the termination of Metro Patrol Officer Jesus Arevalo who fired the fatal shots on Dec. 14, 2011, that killed Stanley Gibson.

The department’s Pre-Termination Board met on Sept. 30 to hear the facts of the case, and on Oct. 10 forwarded a unanimous decision to the sheriff recommending Officer Arevalo’s termination.

In making its decision the Pre-Termination Board reviewed six separate adverse findings listed in the final report of the LVMPD Critical Incident Review Team.

Specifically listed within the report was the violation of LVMPD Department Policy “Use of Force” policy. The other five remaining violations involved failure to adhere to numerous LVMPD training protocols.

Based on Officers Arevalo’s actions during this event it was the decision of the pre-termination board he lacked the ability to make sound decisions in situations routinely faced by police officers.

Sheriff Gillespie agreed with the board’s recommendation and signed the order which terminated Officer Arevalo’s employment with LVMPD effective Tuesday.

Arevalo, 36, had been a Las Vegas police officer for more than 11 years.

He had been on paid leave since the shooting death of Stanley Gibson in a chaotic scene some 22 months ago.

Gibson remained locked in his car despite police commands to surrender, spinning the tires in billows of acrid blue smoke.

-- News release and AP

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