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Settlement reached in shooting death of unarmed veteran

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Rondha and Stanley Gibson in an undated family photo. (FOX5) Rondha and Stanley Gibson in an undated family photo. (FOX5)
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Stanley Gibson's widow and the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department have reached a settlement in the wrongful death of her husband, who was shot by police in December 2011.

Rondha Gibson will receive $1.5 million in exchange for dropping her lawsuit against Metro.

"The sheriff was named as well as the officers. They were all part of the settlement, and they've all signed off on it -  the officers, the plaintiff, Rondha Gibson, as well as her counsel, so this will end the matter entirely," said attorney Craig Anderson, who announced the settlement before Metro's Fiscal Affairs Committee.

Stanley Gibson, a Gulf War veteran who suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder, was blocked off by police in an apartment complex after they responded to a burglary call. Gibson refused to get out of his car when surrounded by police. When a bean bag round was shot at Gibson's car, a police officer who thought Gibson was shooting at him opened fire, killing Gibson at the scene.

The officer, Jesus Arevalo, was never indicted for the shooting, but he was fired by Sheriff Doug Gillespie earlier this year.

While the case against Metro by Gibson's widow is now closed, Gibson's mother has a pending lawsuit.

"It's interesting she would pursue a claim like this. There is talk that there was a settlement offered but what we don't know is how much and if this is going to be viewed as a nuisance or substantive settlement," said FOX5 legal analyst Bob Massi.

Celestine Gibson's civil case is expected to go before a federal court judge late next year or in 2015.

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