Agency Says Man Killed By Two Rangers Made Threats

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Federal officials say a 20-year-old Los Angeles man who was shot dead by Bureau of Land Management rangers on a highway outside Las Vegas made several threats to kill people and tried to grab a rifle from a Nevada Highway Patrol vehicle.

A statement issued Thursday by BLM officials in Nevada says D'Andre Berghardt Jr. also tried to enter two other vehicles stopped on State Route 159 before climbing into the idling NHP vehicle with a weapon inside.

The two rangers involved in the shooting last Friday aren't identified, but they're described as law enforcement veterans.

BLM spokeswoman Hillerie Patton says they're on paid leave pending an agency professional responsibility review.

The highway patrol trooper, Lucas Schwarzrock, is also on paid leave pending his department's review of the shooting.

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