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DA clears federal BLM officers in shooting death of 20-year-old on highway outside Las Vegas

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LAS VEGAS — Two federal Bureau of Land Management officers has been cleared in the shooting death of a man who entered a state trooper's patrol cruiser during a highway confrontation outside Las Vegas in February 2014.

Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson said in a statement Friday that the actions taken by BLM Ranger Meagen Martin and Agent Brian Loftin in the slaying of D'Andre Berghardt Jr. were reasonable and legally justified.

Wolfson says Berghardt could have used the Nevada Highway Patrol vehicle to run over an officer or endanger other people during the incident on the road near Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

Berghardt's mother, Tracy Meadows, has filed a federal wrongful death lawsuit in the case.

Her lawyer, Jacob Hafter, was out of the country and unavailable for comment.

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