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Metro clears up confusion over Red Rock investigation

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This image taken from cell phone video of the officer-involved shooting show officers trying to take someone into custody. (Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal) This image taken from cell phone 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) D'Andre Berghardt Jr. (Source: LVMPD)
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

Las Vegas Metro police helped clear up confusion Thursday about the investigation of a fatal officer-involved shooting last week near Red Rock Canyon.

D'Andre Berghardt Jr., 20, was shot and killed during an encounter with a Nevada Highway Patrol trooper and two Bureau of Land Management rangers on State Route 159 on Feb. 14.

Since the shooting, video recorded by a passerby was published by the Las Vegas Review-Journal. It showed three officers and Berghardt involved in a confrontation, before a voice in the video says Berghardt climbs into a law enforcement cruiser. Then the officers can be seen with guns drawn, firing shots.

On Wednesday, NHP Trooper Jeremie Elliott said that five-year veteran Trooper Lucas Schwarzrock was the trooper who was at the scene, but he never fired his weapon. Schwarzrock is on paid leave pending a departmental review of the shooting.

In the days that followed the shooting, the media could not get a clear answer to the question of the investigating agency. On Wednesday, Las Vegas Metro police confirmed it is investigating the use-of-force aspect of the shooting.

During an exclusive interview with FOX5's Stefanie Jay on Thursday morning, Metro Sgt. John Sheahan said the confusion was rooted in the unusual circumstances of the shooting.

"We have multiple jurisdictions getting into an officer-involved shooting on federal land, and it's all in Clark County," Sheahan said.

According to Sheahan, Metro will turn its findings over to BLM, NHP and the U.S. Attorney's Office, who will then be responsible for disseminating it to the public and determining the next course of action.

Sheahan said he cannot put a timeframe on the investigation.

"A lot of people want it to happen as fast as an hourlong police procedural - 47 minutes, plus commercials and, bam! We've got an answer for you and this is what happened," Sheahan said. "We owe it to the family and to you all and, of course, to those agencies to be factual, to be accurate and be complete."

Metro police called for the public's help Wednesday 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.

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