Stanley Gibson's vehicle following the shooting. (FOX5 file)
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -
Ten months after a Gulf War veteran was shot and killed by a Metro officer, Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson may seek a criminal indictment, according to the Las Vegas Police Protective Association.
Stanley Gibson, 43, was killed by Metro Officer Jesus Arevalo after being stopped in his vehicle December. Police said Gibson did not respond to requests that he exit his vehicle. Gibson was unarmed.
Internal investigations into officer-involved shootings have never before found an officer guilty of wrongdoing.
"A lot of people say that there is no crime, but there is. Seven shots with an AR-15 (rifle) to the back of someone's head is a crime," said Steve Sanson with Veterans in Politics, a Las Vegas-based group that advocates for veterans.
Sanson on Tuesday showed support for Stanley Gibson by reading a statement from his widow, Rhonda Gibson.
"I do not hate the officers involved in this case and that includes Jesus Arevalo. It is very important to me that they are held accountable for their actions that lead to the death of my husband," Sanson read aloud.
The notion of an indictment comes as a surprise to the Police Protective Association, which would represent Arevalo.
"This should go through the normal routine. There should be a preliminary hearing and the public should be there to hear it," said Detective Chris Collins with the Las Vegas Police Protective Association.
Union officials said internal video that captured the events surrounding Stanley Gibson's death makes clear that foul play wasn't involved.
"Mr. Gibson's death is a tragedy, make no mistake. There were some issues that night. When the public is aware of them they will understand that it is not criminal. I'm not sure if this is a political stunt or what," Collins said.
"I think that policy was bad. I think Sheriff Doug Gillespie has a bad policy from the beginning that (claimed) the life of Stanley Gibson," Sanson said.
Union officials said their attorneys will be assigned to the officers called to testify if this indictment moves forward. Some will be assigned to outside council.
FOX5 reached out to Wolfson's office for comment but was told there is no indictment in progress.
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