Fatal shooting by BLM rangers to be reviewed Monday

The public can attend or watch a televised fact-finding review Monday of a police shooting in February 2014 that killed a man near Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

D’Andre Berghardt Jr., 20, died Feb. 14 last year after a confrontation with Bureau of Land Management rangers and Nevada Highway Patrol troopers. Two federal rangers and an NHP trooper were called to state Route 159 after bicyclists near Calico Basin reported an altercation with a pedestrian, NHP said shortly after the shooting.

After officials confronted him, Berghardt climbed into an NHP trooper’s SUV and tried to remove an AR-15 rifle from a locked compartment, troopers said. Both BLM rangers fired at Berghardt, killing him.

The BLM refused to identify either officer, but said in February 2014 that one ranger had 17 years of law enforcement experience and the other was a nine-year veteran.

The review for the Red Rock shooting is set for 9 a.m. Monday in Clark County Government Center chambers, 500 S. Grand Central Parkway, according to a county news release. It will be aired live on Clark County Television and streamed on the county’s website at www.ClarkCountyNV.gov. CCTV is on channel 4 for Cox Cable and CenturyLink customers (channel 89.13 for those without converter boxes) and on channel 14 in Laughlin via CMA Access.

Fact-finding reviews happen after a police-involved shooting results in a death and after the Clark County district attorney’s office decides officers won’t face criminal charges.

An ombudsman represents the public and the family of the person killed. The DA’s office presents evidence and witnesses, but only for information. No decision is made.

Observers may submit written questions to the presiding officer, who can choose whether to include them.

Contact Kimber Laux at klaux@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0381. Find her on Twitter: @lauxkimber.

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