The man who was shot and killed by officers near the Red Rock National Conservation Area Friday has been identified.
D’Andre Berghardt Jr., 20, of Los Angeles was shot by Bureau of Land Management rangers after he climbed into a Nevada Highway Patrol trooper’s SUV and tried to remove an AR-15 rifle from a locked compartment. At least one ranger fired through the car’s windshield.
It’s unclear if the trooper fired.
The two federal rangers and the state trooper were called to state Route 159 about noon Friday after cyclists near Calico Basin reported an altercation with a pedestrian, described as a black man in his 20s, according to Highway Patrol.
Trooper Loy Hixson said Friday the officers “felt their lives were in danger,” but he never specified a reason.
But the Review-Journal learned the officers fought with the man, who had been carrying a rolling suitcase, a backpack and a bedroll but was otherwise unarmed.
During the scuffle, the man gained access to the trooper’s SUV and attempted to pull the gun from a locked rack holding the officer’s rifle.
No officers were injured, but Berghardt died at the scene, Hixson said. Berghardt died from multiple gunshot wounds, according to the Clark County coroner’s office.
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