Slain Vegas officer buried at veterans cemetery

Charleston Hartfield, 34, Las Vegas, Nev. (Photo: Facebook)

An off-duty Las Vegas police officer who was killed by a gunman shooting from a hotel into a crowded country music concert has been laid to rest at the Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery.

Charleston Hartfield was buried Friday following private graveside services. Hartfield was also a veteran of the U.S. Army.

The burial came after a funeral that drew more than 2,000 family members, friends and police and military officers, with honors that included a motorcade down the Las Vegas Strip.

Central Christian Church Pastor Mike Ellingsen said the service held in Henderson was followed by the burial in Boulder City.

The 34-year-old Hartfield was a married father of two and an 11-year police veteran who had served in Iraq and the Nevada Army National Guard in Las Vegas.

He was off-duty and attending the Oct. 1 concert where a gunman killed 58 people and injured hundreds of others in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo says Hartfield's death was considered on-duty because he tried to shield, protect and shepherd people to safety.

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