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Video: Citizen Captures Fatal OIS Near Las Vegas

February 18, 2014  | 

VIDEO: Citizen Captures Fatal OIS Near Las Vegas

Two California Highway Patrol officers died early Monday on Highway 99 while driving to a collision near Kingsburg.

Two men who observed a police stop on Friday near Las Vegas captured a fatal officer-involved shooting on video.

The video shows a confrontation between Bureau of Land Management rangers, a Nevada Highway Patrol trooper, and a man who had reportedly been attempting to flag down motorcyclists near Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

During the incident, the rangers held the man, D’Andre Berghardt, 20, at gunpoint but the man reportedly did not comply with their commands, which led to him being pepper sprayed by the rangers.

The confrontation escalated and a Nevada Highway Patrol trooper arrived on the scene.

At some point Berghardt reportedly made a dash for the trooper’s SUV and, according to the rangers, tried to remove the trooper’s AR-15 from its locked gun rack.

One of the rangers fired eight or nine shots at Berghardt while the man was inside the trooper’s SUV. He died at the scene.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that the NHP has not released an official statement on the incident. NHP spokesman Loy Hixson told the paper on Friday the officers “felt their lives were in danger” at the point the ranger opened fire.

Comments (12)

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Leonard Mather @ 2/18/2014 3:53 PM

Hope that no one from MD, NY or Washington, DC reads this to incite the Wimps, Wussies and those with defective logic. Such types will offer a plethora of excuses for Berghardt. Instead, he really qualifies for the Darwin Award. He accomplished that superbly.

Sammi Wilhelm @ 2/18/2014 3:54 PM

If someone tried to steal a rifle and use it on me I'd also be in fear for my life!!

Ken @ 2/18/2014 4:28 PM

I watched the video and it doesn't show much. I suspect that the moron didn't have a weapon but it wasn't clear why he wasn't just arrested in the first place. I just won't second quess anything about this incident but once he breaks into an armed police vehicle, the firearms in there weather locked or not must be protected and the officers acted properly.

Ishikawa @ 2/18/2014 5:04 PM

The guys recording this are prime examples of Monday morning quarterbacks. They weren't concerned with the officers or the subject being OK, they were only selfishly wanting them to hurry up and take him down. On top of that, a man just died, and the pieces of garbage on the other side just drove all over the scene. People are pathetic.

JB Wheeler @ 2/18/2014 6:12 PM

"Red Neck Justice"? When a guy is reaching for an AR15 while refusing to comply with the police I seriously doubt his intentions are positive. I suppose the arm chair quarterback talking in the video would rather the guy shot a few cops and left them for dead on the side of the road. Who's the Red Neck?

Dan @ 2/18/2014 6:13 PM

Ok, not there, no audio. Put that aside. Land Management Rangers, I am assuming are not armed, or maybe they are. Ok, when you deploy pepper spray, it is a means of distraction, or to weaken the subject. They spray the guy, then they never do anything. They let him walk around and around. If you use pepper spray, you have to be able to fight through it yourself. That was the biggest mistake. No action! When the times comes to use force, it is done, fast and hard. Then t is done. These guys waited way too long to act.

John N. @ 2/18/2014 9:30 PM

If the "use of force continuum" was utilized, the subject should have been restrained and cuffed after being sprayed with OC. Unfortunate that the video was taken by a citizen and not an officer's dash-cam. There will definitely be an in depth investigation with multiple after-action reports! I am soooo glad that I retired 21 months ago!

Eric Norton @ 2/19/2014 4:53 AM

Just to clarify there are 2 types of BLM Ranger. 1 is a non-LE, Park Ranger and the other is LE Ranger. The latter is duly sworn Federal Law Enforcement Officer. I believe if memory serves me 0083 series.

Lt. Sal @ 2/19/2014 5:30 AM

As some of us have stated, no one wants to second guess the officers, but clearly they did not have control of the subject for reasons only known to them, be it experience, training, fear or because people were watching. The man taking the video does nothing wrong, and they do make some valid points as an observer. It should be a lesson to some that people are watching and they do have cameras and a perception which some may or may not agree with. It is an unfortunate situation and in time we will know more.

Stay safe, Lt. Sal

DREDUIguy @ 2/19/2014 7:21 AM

Let the arm chair quarterbacking begin! First, we weren't there. Second, one person is truly in control of this situation and that is the suspect. He had the opportunity to comply but he chose not to and that proved to be a fatal decision. Ultimately the suspect dictates the level of force required, had he simply complied this wouldn't be a news story.

Cash @ 2/23/2014 4:13 PM

No second guessing here much training does a Park Ranger really get in regards to this type of thing. Who takes a job as a Park Ranger expecting to be in a shooting. Do they go through int in their mind constantly like a street cop should? Just asking...

Tom Ret @ 1/28/2015 4:44 PM

The video for me at least isn't clear enough to make out what exactly happened.
With that being said, unless the officers were somehow overpowered, letting the suspect get into your unlocked patrol car is not controlling his movements. There may be a reluctance for officers today to go hands on due to recent fallout from other cases or inexperience on the part of the officers involved. I'm not judging the righteousness of this shoot but only making a point of needing to control the situation by controlling the suspect's movements.

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