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LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

A tweet and photo by Guns ‘N' Roses guitarist D.J. Ashba was intended to be a publicized celebration of his engagement.

The electronic celebration, though, is under scrutiny due to possible involvement by Las Vegas Metro police.

The guitarist, whose name is Daren Jay Ashba, posed with his girlfriend in a photo which also depicted a flight via private helicopter tour over Las Vegas.

At the end, the couple reportedly landed at police headquarters, where, he says, he had a table set up with roses and he popped the question.

In part, Ashba's photo on Instagram came with this caption:

"That was the most incredible day of our life!! Special thx to the Las Vegas Police Dept. for the most amazing helicopter private tour over Vegas! We landed in a field at Police headquarters (sic) were I had a table set up covered in roses n a bottle of the bubble stuff for @naty_yummi8."

Metro confirmed an internal affairs investigation was in progress to look into an incident involving two civilians getting a ride-along in a police helicopter.

Metro police on Monday afternoon released the following statement to FOX5 concerning the incident:

"We have an on-going internal affairs investigation into what we believe is an unauthorized and inappropriate fly-along that took place Wednesday, August 8, 2013. At this time, all the facts are not known.

"There are several department employees who will be interviewed as part of the internal investigation. If the investigation determines that the fly-along was outside of policy, the department members involved will face discipline. We are also reviewing our current Air Support Fly Along policy."

Metro estimated the cost of fuel to operate the helicopter at $430 per hour.

This is bad timing for Metro Sheriff Doug Gillespie, who just last week asked the Clark County Commission to implement the .15 percent sales tax rate increase.

Commissioner Steve Sisolak said he coincidentally had a meeting Monday with the sheriff, who he says was "livid" about the news.

"It did come at a very crucial time. I've had dozens of constituents over the weekend talk to me over the potential sales tax increase and how they can't afford it. And they're wondering what's Metro doing with it's money and then this thing happens," Sisolak said.

The Commission delayed the vote last week on raising the sales tax to put more officers on the streets.

If the proposal does pass, the hike could take effect in October and would remain in effect the next 12 years.

What do you think about the ride for Ashba and the fact it was a private tour? You can place your opinion in The Rant on Facebook or FOX5Vegas.com.

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