Slain Vegas officer buried at veterans cemetery
LAS VEGAS (AP) —
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.