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(LAS VEGAS, KXNT)–A spokesman for the widow of Stanley Gibson denies there is any settlement offer in the works from Metro Police stemming from the police killing of Gibson in a Las Vegas standoff in 2011.

In an interview with KXNT, family spokesman Steve Sanson says he has spoken with Rhonda Gibson about reports that Sheriff Doug Gillespie is finalizing a settlement to pay Mrs. Gibson $1.5 million dollars. Gillespie is reportedly seeking approval by a fiscal committee later this month.

Sanson says Mrs. Gibson denies there is any settlement in the works, and she has seen no such offer.

Stanely Gibson was an Iraq War veteran who was involved in a lengthy standoff with Metro police in an apartment building parking lot on North Rainbow in December of 2011. A police officer, Jesus Aravelo, shot Gibson four times with an AR-15. Although authorities have declined to press charges against the officer, the sheriff moved to terminate him from the force earlier this year.

Sanson tells KXNT that there are only two conditions that would have to be met before Mrs. Gibson would consider a monetary legal settlement from Metro: that Aravelo is fired and that Gillespie is no longer at the helm of the Sheriff’s office. The Sheriff has said he will not seek re-election.

Sanson recently filed ethics complaints alleging a conflict of interest on the part of David Roger, who was Clark County District Attorney at the time of Gibson’s death, and who has since become counsel for the Police Protective Association, the union which represents Metro officers. Sanson says Roger was privy to all of the information surrounding Gibson’s death and should not be permitted to represent Officer Aravelo. The police union strongly criticized Gillespie’s announcement this year that he would seek Aravelo’s termination from the force.

Gibson, a Gulf War veteran with emotional issues, was shot four times by Officer Jesus Arevalo, who was providing cover with an AR-15 rifle on the side of Gibson’s car, which was in the apartment parking lot during a standoff.

Earlier this year, Gillespie announced he was seeking to have Officer Arevalo fired from the

Metro paid an estimated $1.7 million to the family of Trevon Cole, an unarmed man who was killed by police in a 2010 drug raid.

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