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Sheriff says man shot by officer unarmed, ‘tough questions’ will be asked


Steve Marcus

Sheriff Doug Gillespie responds to a question during a news conference at Metro Police Headquarters on Monday, Dec. 12, 2011. Gillespie called the news conference after an officer shot and killed a man at a condominium complex in the northwest valley.

Updated Monday, Dec. 12, 2011 | 5:20 p.m.

Metro officer shoots, kills suspect

KSNV coverage of Metro police shooting and killing a man outside a condominium complex in the northwest valley, Dec. 12, 2011.

Sheriff Holds News Conference After Shooting

Sheriff Doug Gillespie arrives for a news conference at Metro Police Headquarters Monday, December 12, 2011. Gillespie called the news conference after a Metro Police officer shot and killed a man early this morning at a condominium complex in the northwest valley.  . Launch slideshow »
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Sheriff Doug Gillespie addresses reporters during a news conference at Metro Police Headquarters on Monday, Dec. 12, 2011. Gillespie called the news conference after an officer shot and killed a man at a condominium complex in the northwest valley.

Fatal police shooting

A man shot to death by a Metro Police officer early Monday was unarmed and in a car that had been pinned between at least two unoccupied patrol cars, Clark County Sheriff Doug Gillespie said.

Gillespie, who conducted a press briefing Monday afternoon, said the investigation into the incident is ongoing and did not speculate about why the officer opened fire.

He said he wanted the community to know he is there to ask the “tough questions” about what happened.

Police said they encountered the man after responding to a call of a person trying to get into a northwest valley home.

“A suspect was shot and killed by one of my officers,” Gillespie said. “Any time we have a fatal use of law enforcement, it’s a sad day.” identified the man as Stanley Gibson, whose wife, Rondha, said he was battling post-traumatic stress disorder and brain cancer from serving in the Gulf War.

"He would go into paranoid delusions, thinking people were after him," she said. "He would get scared. He would get severe anxiety."

The man was shot after police initially responded to a report about 11:30 p.m. Sunday of a man trying to get into a unit at the Alondra Condos, 2451 N. Rainbow Blvd, near Smoke Ranch Road, Metro spokesman Bill Cassell said.

The man had fled by the time officers arrived, but the caller gave police a description of him and his vehicle, Cassell said.

The man returned shortly before 1 a.m. Monday, while police were still there, and there was an altercation when officers approached him, Cassell said.

The man refused to surrender and rammed his vehicle into at least one patrol car, Cassell said. Officers continued trying to get the man to give up, but he refused, Cassell said.

At least one officer fired several rounds, which struck and killed the man, Cassell said.

It’s unclear what prompted police to shoot. No officers were injured during the altercation, Cassell said.

Rondha Gibson said her husband had been unable to get his medication to control his anxiety and that he called her in a state of confusion Sunday night, thinking he was home while he was at the neighboring condominium complex. She also said Metro was supposed to have him under a three-day psychiatric watch this past weekend, but police have not confirmed that.

The officers involved in the shooting will be placed on paid administrative leave, which is standard procedure. Their identities will be released within 48 hours.

Within 72 hours, the officer who opened fired will give a statement about the incident, Gillespie said.

The shooting was the 18th officer-involved shooting in Metro's jurisdiction this year.

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  1. Thank you Metro. In this city you have a tough job that apparently, as noted by some posters on this site, can be done by anyone. The majority of citizens know this is not the case and support you.

  2. Whether you are pro-police and think killing this guy was OK or you are against the police because you think killing this guy was not OK, maybe everyone should wait for more information to come out. The latest news release doesn't look so good for the police. My question about police shootings is, Why does Metro always have to kill the suspects? Remember the guy at Costco? Why did the police officer have to shoot him in the back while he lay on the ground? Could it be that Metro doesn't want police officers to testify in a trial? Was the officers life in danger? Doesn't appear to be the case here.

  3. I agree with the wait and see attitude regarding this shooting.

    It does highlight that the police are called in when a mentally disturbed person is causing a problem when if there was early intervention it could have been avoided.

    I had a family member who needed help and no agency would help because they said they couldn't because my family member wasn't an imminent threat to themselves or others. It wasn't until they almost died in an attempted suicide that help could be compelled. It shouldn't have to get to that point but that's the way the law is now. It's a shame too because the vast majority of families just want to help their loved one but can't because you would be violating the loved ones rights. Thank you ACLU.

  4. @unlv702...

    "Blind support for law enforcement is so out of control people will support a sarcastic Metro comment.
    Truly flabbergasting."


    If you've lived in this burg for any length of time, by now you have come to the conclusion that Metro shoots A LOT of 'suspects'...
    Whether they are (individually) justified, OR NOT, this is way out of whack with the norm in other, similarly situated communities.

    It is part & parcel of the Metro way around that.

  5. only 18 so far this year..I bet we hit 20 before new years eve..

  6. "Sad. Very tragic."

    BChap -- you said it all. Seems the officers were justified, for a change.

    I was driving down Rancho yesterday and passed that new VA clinic. Having a brother who was a Marine in Desert Storm, I have to wonder how well or not-well the VA is handling the walking wounded it sends back to us from the wars our country is aggressing on. Gibson's demons seems to have escaped their attention.

    "To different minds, the same world is a hell, and a heaven." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson (from "Metamorphosis"?)

  7. As long that I have lived, I have never put myself in a possision to be shot at by any Policeman. Don't want. Don't need it. You can bet if I was ever in that position, I would do as I was told. One, I damn sure wouldn't try running them over with a car, or reach into my waistband and produce a phone, lighter, chapstick, gun, knife etc.. The one's that do, get shot and rightfully so. Tell me, why does it seem that most of the people the police come in contact with, are LOSERS. Others have broken the law but do as they are told. The ones that do, what they are told, go home or lock-up. The others go to the Hospital or Morgue. Some make a good choice, some....well... not so good.

  8. The majority does not support metro. The majority is scared to death of metro. Obviously these officers are scared to death of everyone. That's why they shoot first and ask questions later. Chickens, cowards. They have no business in the business of law enforcement.

  9. A Metro cop's way to get paid time off and not have to use vacation or sick leave time, kill someone.