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Police ID officers involved in shooting of Gulf War vet

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 »

Metro Police have identified two officers, a sergeant and lieutenant involved in the fatal shooting of Stanley Gibson, a 43-year-old Gulf War veteran, early Monday morning.

Officer Jesus Arevalo, officer Malik Grego-Smith, Sgt. Michael Hnatuick and Lt. David Dockendorf were involved in the shooting, which happened near Smoke Ranch Road and Rainbow Boulevard, police said.

Police have not said how many officers actually fired their weapons.

Gibson 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.

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

He returned shortly about 1 a.m. and was shot after his car was blocked in by at least two unoccupied Metro patrol cars, police said. He was not armed, police said.

Police have not said what prompted the shooting.

Sheriff Doug Gillespie conducted a press briefing Monday afternoon, and said “tough questions” would be asked about what happened. Gibson was a Gulf War veteran.

Police said Arevalo, 34, has worked at the department since February 2002; Grego-Smith, 31, since August 2008; Hnatuick, 45, since September 1988; and Dockendorf, 40, since July 1998.

Arevalo, Grego-Smith and Hnatuick are assigned to the Northwest Area Command patrol division. Dockendorf is with the Bolden Area Command patrol division.

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  1. An 'accidental' shooting of a mentally ill vet...

    Going to be a tough row to hoe for Metro on this one.

  2. Lets get the videos up on youtube and out to the Public! Also get this thing on to national news!

  3. I wouldn't want the job of a police officer, and I wouldn't presume to make assumptions about their actions on duty unless I was there. Reminds me of a song: "Try walking in my shoes..."

  4. Stop, police! what do you not understand? Someone who serves military should have had that training.. So there is probably more to this headline than we know.

  5. The Police are here to "SERVE AND PROTECT" not just you and I, but everyone. Veteran, Child, Mother, Dad etc. In this case the Veteran hadn't taken his medication, we all know that. The officers will never forget that night, nor will victims loved ones. This is a no win situation. Now, here comes the WHAT IF. If that individual had gotton away and hit, hurt, maimed, killed someone driving recklessly, then what? Yes! I want the Police to take care of the problem right there on the spot. I am truly sorry this shooting happened. Remember the Police did not start the confrontation, but was called to take control. Job Well Done.

  6. I know police officers have a hard job and I wouldn't want to do it. However, at the same time, they are paid to protect and serve, not kill at will and get away with it.

    The inquest, (which haven't happened in a while because they are afraid they might be found criminally responsible with the new stipulations), are a joke and and an insult to the public and the victims.

    If it were you and I killing like that, we would be locked up for the rest of our lives, if not put on death row. If you want a license to kill, get a brown uniform, badge, and a bad attitude.

    Metro needs a good cleaning and get the bad apples out so the good cops can do their job without a tarnished reputation. Those trigger happy cops are making it so bad on the good ones and I refuse to support it any longer.

    We go to prison for murder, they get a pat on the back and sent back out to do it again.

    I wonder if they did psychological exams how many would actually pass to actually be able to lawfully hold a badge any longer? Sometimes power can do horrible things to people and make them do even more horrible things.

    12 shootings in 2011 - basically one a month. How horrible is that? Come on Vegas, I support police, but I don't support murder no matter who is pulling the trigger.

    It's time for Metro to see, by example, a cop going to prison for killing someone that was unarmed and no real threat. It's time we stop making excuses as to why it's OK. Then maybe it would scare them into not pulling the trigger so fast if they know they have consequences to face.

  7. Since when is not having common sense grounds for capital punishment in this country? this still is the united states, right? An unarmed mentally ill man who refuses to exit his vehicle or comply and is not physically attacking officers with lethal force.. well, what excuse are we gonna hear this time for the 12th murdered las vegas resident at the hands of officers who are supposed to "Protect and serve"????????

  8. The Feds need to step in. Enough is enough. 1 murder a month by police.