Widow: Police arrested husband before fatal confrontation
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The widow of a military veteran who was shot by Las Vegas Metro police Monday said her husband was disoriented for days before the incident that led to his death.
Ronda Gibson said her 43-year-old husband Stanley had gone two weeks without medication for post-traumatic stress disorder. On Saturday, she said he snapped.
"[Veterans' Affair] has a tendency to send out medication when they're for them to have it," Gibson explained.
The Desert Storm veteran called 911 several times, but when police arrived, they arrested him.
Ronda said he should have been admitted to jail and undergone a 72-hour psychological evaluation, but, instead, she said, her husband was released that same night.
The officer was supposed to fill out a Legal 2000 [form], which we all know was a 72-hour cycle," she explained. "If that would have went into effect, it would not have escalated to this."
Police have yet to give her an explanation about why they did not keep him in custody or an account of the events leading to his shooting early Monday morning.
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is calling the Justice Department to investigate Metro's actions.
"The Department of Justice has the ability [to look into Metro] and they have special units dedicated to investigating police departments that may have a pattern or practice or a culture in which these incidents happen much more frequently than they should happen," said Richard Boulware with the NAACP Las Vegas.
So far this year, Metro officers have shot 12 people in the Las Vegas area.
Sheriff Doug Gillespie has not addressed the NAACP request on camera but did say he welcomes an investigation by the federal government.
The sheriff also said his department has already implemented many Department of Justice-approved measures to improve transparency and training. He says he doesn't see a federal investigation as adversarial.
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