Police Abuse

Las Vegas Officer Fired over Fatal Shooting of Unarmed Gulf War Vet

First time in department's history

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For the first time in Las Vegas police history, an officer has been fired for an on-duty police shooting.

But it's unclear if former officer Jesus Arevalo, who shot and killed unarmed Gulf War veteran Stanley Gibson in 2011, is done with the department. He has 30 days to appeal his firing, which was effective Tuesday.

Chris Collins, executive director of the Las Vegas Police Protective Association, the union that represents rank-and-file officers, said he isn't certain if Arevalo will appeal. If he does, an outside arbitrator will make the final decision about his job.

"Time is beating him up pretty good," Collins said. "He's been living this thing for two years now. I don't know if he's got any fight left in him."