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Retired officer analyzes Red Rock shooting video

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The day after cell phone video surfaced which captured a deadly officer-involved shooting on Friday near Red Rock Conservation Area, police still aren't releasing much information.

That video came to FOX5 courtesy of the Las Vegas Review-Journal. D'Andre Berghardt Jr., 20, was shot and killed in the midst of a confrontation with Bureau of Land Management rangers and a Nevada Highway Patrol trooper.

In fact, there is some question as to which agency is investigating the shooting.

The Nevada Highway Patrol on Tuesday did identify the trooper who was at the scene as Lucas Schwarzrock, a five-year veteran of the NHP who is currently on paid administrative leave.

When FOX5 reached out on Tuesday, both the NHP and FBI said the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department is handling the investigation. However, a Metro spokesperson told FOX5 the department is only assisting in the investigation.

For now, the only information to be gleaned comes from the video. FOX5 on Tuesday sat down with retired Metro Capt. James Dillon to examine the footage.

Dillon sat on Metro's Use of Force Review Board for years. He said it appears the NHP and BLM acted appropriately, trying to calm Berghardt down.

"He could be under the influence of alcohol or drugs. He could be mentally ill, which creates a huge level of concern and threat," Dillon said. "We don't run in and just put hands on."

The pivotal moment comes when Berghardt goes inside an NHP vehicle.

"A rifle, AR-15, or a shotgun, those are normally kept in the passenger front compartment in the driver's compartment of the vehicle, so he could have immediate access to a firearm," Dillon said.

"From a distance and not having access to reports, a preliminary assessment that I would make is that it appears the officers acted properly," Dillon said.

The incident began when BLM rangers were called to the area in response to reports from bicyclists who reported that a pedestrian was attacking them along State Route 159.

The road was blocked off for eight hours on Friday, preventing drivers and bicyclists from entering the Red Rock Loop or leaving it.

Brandon McMurtey, who manages the nearby Broken Spoke bike shop, rented bicycles to two couples from Wisconsin about an hour prior to the shooting.

"It's a little unnerving that I sent cyclists out that direction and that went on," McMurtey said.

McMurtey sent the couples to the Red Rock Loop, where they were confronted by Berghardt.

"He [bicyclist] said he [Berghardt] was carrying two tote bags with him, and looked kind of out of place for out in the middle of nowhere. He said he looked homeless, deranged, chattering," McMurtey said.

The couples told McMurtey the man tried to get them to stop, but they continued riding. Soon after that, State Route 159 was barricaded.

"They had to wait for a kind [man] from the BLM who actually gave them a ride back to our shop after his shift was over," McMurtey said.

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