Officials: Trooper at Red Rock shooting did not fire
This image taken from cellphone video of the officer-involved shooting show officers trying to take someone into custody. (Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal)
D'Andre Berghardt Jr. (Source: LVMPD)
LAS VEGAS (FOX5/AP) -
The Nevada Highway Patrol said a trooper at the scene of a shooting near Red Rock on Friday that left a Los Angeles man dead did not fire his weapon.
Trooper Jeremie Elliott said Wednesday that five-year veteran Trooper Lucas Schwarzrock is on paid leave pending a departmental review of the shooting that killed 20-year-old D'Andre Berghardt Jr. during an encounter with authorities.
The federal Bureau of Land Management hasn't identified the two rangers who were involved or released any information about the shooting on State Route 159.
The shooting was captured on a cellphone video taken by a passer-by, but it was unclear who fired the shots that killed Berghardt.
The NHP has said Berghardt was suspected of attacking passing bicyclists on the shoulder of the highway. The video shows Berghardt being shot as he apparently tries to enter an NHP patrol vehicle.
Also on Wednesday, Las Vegas Metro police confirmed the department is investigating the shooting. They also called for the public's help to piece together the events surrounding the shooting. Specifically, they are trying to determine how Berghardt got to highway 159.
Anyone with information about Berghardt or the shooting was asked to call Crime Stoppers at 702-385-5555.
Copyright 2014 KVVU (KVVU Broadcasting Corporation). All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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