Vegas police: Officer fired 7 shots into vet's car

December 16, 2011 - 8:00 PM

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Las Vegas police say a patrol officer fired seven shots with a military-style AR-15 assault rifle into a car during a fatal standoff with an unarmed Gulf War veteran.

Police released a summary Friday of the events leading up to the shooting just before 1 a.m. Monday that killed 43-year-old Stanley Lavon Gibson at a northwest Las Vegas apartment complex. The shooting has led to calls for a federal investigation of police department practices.

One officer fired the fatal shots "almost immediately" after another officer fired a beanbag shotgun at the window of Gibson's vehicle.

Police say they wanted to break the window so another officer could use pepper spray to get Gibson out of the car, which was pinned with its tires spinning between patrol cruisers.