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Loved ones dispute details in deadly shooting with NHP

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Matthew Gibbons is shown in an undated image. (Source: Gibbons' family member) Matthew Gibbons is shown in an undated image. (Source: Gibbons' family member)

Loved ones of a man shot and killed by a Nevada Highway Patrol trooper are disputing the details of what happened.

Nevada Highway Patrol said at 12:14 a.m. on Friday a trooper pulled over a Cadillac for a traffic stop. The vehicle had two men and a woman inside.

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During the stop, a male passenger, identified by loved ones as Matthew Gibbon, ran from the vehicle, Nevada Highway Patrol said. At one point, Gibbon exchanged fire with the trooper during the foot pursuit, Nevada Highway Patrol said.

A woman related to Gibbon said he did not fire first and claims Gibbon was shot in the back while trying to climb over a wall.

“He didn’t stop, so they shot him in the back,” the woman said.

The woman claims a witness said that is when he started shooting back.

A round struck the trooper’s badge, Nevada Highway Patrol said.

“We hear about it all the time throughout the country, but when it is one of your own involved in an incident then it’s shocking, but we really came together as a family and we’re grateful the trooper is doing ok,” Trooper Chelsea Stuenkel, of Nevada Highway Patrol, said.

Gibbon was pronounced dead at the scene.

Nevada Highway Patrol said the investigation is ongoing and it is too early to say who shot first.

“I’m just so distraught that he’s gone because I think it was wrongfully done. I don’t think that someone should have been shot in the back while they’re running away,” the woman said.

Nevada Highway Patrol discredits the story that Gibbon was shot in the back.

Gibbons’ loved ones said they hope they are given more information as the investigation progresses.

“Hopefully, an autopsy will be done and to see exactly, to give us an idea of exactly what happened,” the woman said.

The Clark County Coroner’s Office will later release the cause and manner of death. 

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