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Metro: Ex-cop did not make 'sound decisions' in shooting

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LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

In addressing the firing of an officer who shot an unarmed veteran, Las Vegas Metro police said the former cop did not make sound decisions in the 2011 confrontation.

Metro Undersheriff Jim Dixon presided over a news conference Thursday to address the firing of Officer Jesus Arevalo, who shot and killed 43-year-old Stanley Gibson in December 2011.

On Wednesday, Metro announced Sheriff Doug Gillespie authorized the termination of Officer Jesus Arevalo. Police said Arevalo was the officer who opened fire at 43-year-old Stanley Gibson in December 2011. Police said Gibson, who was disabled and unarmed, had been stopped in his vehicle when he did not respond to requests to exit his vehicle.

Dixon said the department did not blame the radio system used during the Gibson confrontation. He also acknowledged Arevalo's domestic problems played a role in his termination.

Metro said its Pre-Termination Board met on Sept. 30 to review the facts of the case. On Oct. 10, the board unanimously recommended to the sheriff that Arevalo be terminated.

The board cited findings by Metro's Critical Incident Review Team in recommending Arevalo's termination. The team found Arevalo was in violation of the department's use of force policy as well as numerous training protocols.

The board further concluded Arevalo lacked the ability to make sound decisions in situations routinely faced by police officer.

Gillespie agreed with the board's recommendation and signed the order terminating Arevalo's employment on Tuesday.

Dixon also announced Thursday the demotion of the lieutenant who had made a decision to fire bean bags in the incident. Arevalo told FOX5 it was the firing of the bean bags that he mistook as gunshots, which prompted him to open fire on Gibson.

Stay tuned to FOX5 for the latest on this developing story.

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