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BLM Releases New Information about Deadly Shooting

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LAS VEGAS -- New details have emerged about the deadly officer-involved shooting near Red Rock Canyon last week.

The Bureau of Land Management released a statement about the incident that left 20-year-old D'Andre Berghardt Jr. dead.

According to the BLM, officers with the bureau were called to the scene along State Route 159 at around 11:30 a.m. Friday after several reports of a young man walking along the highway.

The callers had expressed concerns about the man's safety because he was walking in and out of traffic. Two bicyclists also called to report the man and said they were concerned about their safety.

When BLM officers arrived, they found Berghardt walking on the highway. According to the officers, they tried several times to get the man off the roadway. They say he actively resisted officers. They also shot him with a taser several times, used pepper spray and a baton, none of which worked.

During this time, Berghardt tried to get into two private, occupied cars that were stopped on the highway, officers said.

A Nevada Highway Patrol trooper arrived and tried to help subdue Berghardt. Officers say the suspect threatened to shoot them and tried to get into the NHP car, which was running, to grab the trooper's duty rifle.

Fearing for their own safety and the citizens that were nearby, the BLM officers shot Berghardt several times. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Both BLM officers are on paid administrative leave, which is standard procedure. One of the officers has 17 years of law enforcement experience and the second has more than nine years of experience.

The BLM and Metro Police are investigating the incident. Anyone with information about Berghardt's movements before the confrontation are asked to call Metro's Homicide Section (702) 828-3521, or to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at (702) 385-5555.

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