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Updated: 1/02 4:15 pm
LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3) -- It's the Metro investigation leaving more questions than answers: the department says two officers broke department rules when they took a celebrity up in a Metro helicopter on the taxpayer's dime.

For many it is a fairy tale proposal ripped from the pages of a romantic movie: a helicopter flight landing in a field. A table with roses and champagne. Then: the question.

It’s the story of how DJ Ashba, a Las Vegas musician with a Guns N Roses resume, proposed to his fiancee.

“That was the most incredible day of our life!!” Ashba wrote on Instagram afterwards. “Special thx to the Las Vegas Police Dept. for the most amazing helicopter private tour over Vegas!”

The helicopter ride was organized and presumably paid for by metro police. 

Commissioner Steve Sisolak wasn't happy when the flight happened in August, and he isn't happy now.

We're talking about a significant amount of money" Sisolak said. "People contacted me. The regular citizens -- you or I -- could not call up and get a helicopter ride-along that night. It's just not going to happen. The citizens that are paying their taxes don't have this opportunity.

Metro has concluded their investigation in six paragraphs they announced captain Dan O’Leary, who was personally thanked by Ashba and was in charge of financial crimes, would be demoted to lieutenant. o leary instead retired before the demotion. The pilot, Ray Horsley, will no longer be allowed to fly.

What's missing in their release: any information at all about cost, payment, or who set it up.

The public has a right to know how much was spent, why it was spent, and what the ramifications and the reasoning behind those expenditures are,” Sisolak said. “And that’s where the problem comes in. The public complains that they just can’t seem to get enough information.”

So will we get those answers? Metro has so far been unwilling to provide them. But with an election coming, Sisolak says we have to, and we will.

The ride-along will likely be a key talking point in the coming election – not just the details of the event, but the issues it raises about transparency and how the new sheriff will deal with matters like this and releasing information to the public.

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