Police vehicles and other response vehicles on State Route 159 following an officer-involved shooting on Friday, Feb 14. (Jason Valle/FOX5)
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -
The Clark County Coroner's Office has identified D'Andre Berghardt Jr, as the man killed in an officer-involved shooting near Red Rock on Friday afternoon.
The shooting happened about 12:15 p.m. at mile marker 15 on State Route 159.
According to Nevada Highway Patrol Trooper Loy Hixson, another trooper and two Bureau of Land Management rangers were sent to the area after a man was seen walking along the road.
Hixson said the call first came in after a few bicyclists called police saying the man was attacking them.
"We had received some calls from a citizen, a bicyclist in the area to where a male subject had attacked them."
According to Hixson, when officers arrived, there was a struggle between officers and the man. At some point during the fight, officers opened fire, killing the man.
"The subject was resisting, not following any of the commands of the officers along with the trooper," Hixson said. "At what point it elevated to the point where the officers' lives were in danger, and then shots were fired."
Erika Greisen was driving down State Route 159 and saw the man before he was shot.
"He was walking down the road and he had a small suitcase, a bag, and a backpack with him and I saw him pacing around."
Greisen said that at first she and her passengers were wondering if the man needed help, and says he looked tired, but didn't seem as though he was posing a threat to anyone.
"We saw some cops start to go towards him and we're like oh, they're going to go try to help him," Greisen said. "We were like we just saw him, he didn't look to be a threat, so we were starting to wonder why. Why they would shoot him?"
The officers were not injured, Hixson said.
The Clark County Coroner's Officer said Berghardt died from multiple gunshot wounds and his death was ruled a homicide.
State Route 159 was closed in both directions for about eight hours, while police conducted the investigation, according to Hixson.
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