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LAS VEGAS -- Never before seen footage gives a new perspective to the moments leading up to a deadly officer-involved shooting last year.

The incident happened on Feb. 14, 2014 near the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. The video released to the media for the first time shows four different angles of the incident, including dash cam video.

According to Nevada Highway Patrol, the incident started at around 11:45 a.m. when dispatchers received calls about a pedestrian, who was attacking bicyclist as he walked along State Route 159. One trooper and two Bureau of Land Management rangers responded to the call involving 20-year-old D'andre Berghardt, Jr.

Law enforcement officers tried to get Berghardt out of the street and started chasing him at one point. However, investigators said Berghardt wouldn't cooperate with their commands.

The newly released dash cam video shows a Nevada Highway Patrol trooper arriving the scene during the commotion that led to a physical altercation.

VIDEO: NHP video shows events leading to deadly shooting


Investigators said Berghardt seemed to have superhuman strength. Taser data revealed the 20-year-old was tased at least four times, but it barely affected him.

On the video, you also see Berghardt breaking free before jumping into the vehicle of an NHP trooper. Investigators said the BLM special agent and ranger opened fire on Berghardt when he grabbed the trooper's high-powered rifle.

The District Attorney's Office said the shooting was justified.

"Part of my job is to review the actions of all the officers involved and that's what my office did. We made a preliminary determination that the officer's actions were justified," said Steve Wolfson, Clark County District Attorney.

However, Berghardt's family asked for a federal investigation and filed a lawsuit against the federal government.

"I would prefer if the FBI and the US attorney's office took a hard stand against the overzealous actions of the BLM,” said Jacob Hafter, Berghardt's family attorney.

During the hearing, Berghardt family burst into tears when they saw the video that captured their loved one's death.

"The dash cam video was infuriating,” said Hafter. "That's disgusting and it shows that these BLM agents were overzealous, under experienced, and they just wanted to get their pound of flesh in at the time.”

Investigators revealed Berghardt had a variety of drugs in his system at the time of the shooting, including marijuana, bath salts and stimulants.

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