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Trooper on scene at Red Rock shooting a 5-year NHP veteran

The name of the Nevada Highway Patrol trooper on scene when a man was shot and killed near Red Rock Canyon Friday has been released.

Trooper Lucas Schwarzrock, a five-year veteran of NHP responded to the scene where 20-year-old D’Andre Berghardt Jr. was shot and killed by a Bureau of Land Management ranger after Berghardt got into Schwarzrock’s patrol car.

Berghardt, from Los Angeles, had been hailing cyclists as he walked along state Route 159 near Calico Basin, about 20 miles from downtown Las Vegas. Two cyclists reported the man to officials at the Red Rock visitor center at about noon.

After a confrontation with authorities, Berghardt got into Schwarzrock’s patrol car. Shortly after, one of the rangers shot him multiple times. Schwarzrock never fired his weapon.

Authorities haven’t officially commented on the case, but the Review-Journal has learned that the officers say Berghardt grabbed for the trooper’s AR-15, which was locked in a gun rack in the car.

Berghardt died at the scene.

Schwarzrock, a five-year veteran of NHP, has been placed on paid administrative leave.

Contact reporter Steven Slivka at sslivka@reviewjournal.com or at 702-383-0381. Follow @StevenSlivka on Twitter.

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