A Valentine’s day officer involved shooting has left a 22-year-old man dead after a fatal encounter with NHP.
Although details are still murky, it is believed that two cyclists, a male and female, complained that a man on foot was bothering them on State Route 159, near the Red Rock Conservation area..
Two rangers from the Bureau of Land Management and a NHP trooper responded. The situation escalated when, according to LVRJ, the man climbed into the trooper’s vehicle and attempted to remove an assault rifle from a locked compartment.
The trooper, said to be in fear of his file, fatally shot the man during the scuffle between them.
NHP patrol cars are equipped with with dashboard cameras. Authorities have not disclosed what, if anything, the dash cam recorded.
A witness that was driving in the area at the time told Fox 5 News that she observed a black man walking alongside the road carrying a backpack and the that the man also had a suitcase with him.
The witness and passenger thought that the officers were going to help the man and was surprised when they heard shots.
Other witnesses said they saw the man flailing his hands in the air.
None of the officers were injured.
The name of the 22-year-old man has not been released.
State Route 159 was closed in both directions for approximately eight hours and has since reopened.
(The Clark County Coroner’s office has since identified the man as D’Andre Berghardt, 20, of Los Angeles)