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Mother files wrongful death lawsuit in BLM case

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- The mother of a 20-year-old man shot and killed by federal rangers on a highway outside Las Vegas last February has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the federal government.

Tracy Meadows says in the civil rights lawsuit filed Dec. 23 that the two Bureau of Land Management rangers could have gotten medical help for a "disoriented and confused" D'Andre Berghardt Jr. when they found Berghardt walking near Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

Instead, the lawsuit says the rangers confronted Berghardt with pepper spray, Tasers and a baton before shooting him dead when he climbed into an idling Nevada Highway Patrol vehicle.

Meadows' attorney, Jacob Hafter, says she's gotten no answers about her son's death.

BLM spokesman Christopher Rose declines comment.

He says the incident is still being investigated.