Police Officer Charleston Vernon Hartfield

Police Officer Charleston Vernon Hartfield

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, Nevada

End of Watch Sunday, October 1, 2017

Charleston Vernon Hartfield

Police Officer Charles Hartfield was shot and killed while taking off duty action to rescue citizens during the active shooter incident at the Route 91 Harvest Festival.

Officer Hartfield was attending the concert, with his wife, when a gunman opened fire on the audience from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel. Hundreds of citizens were struck by gunfire. Officer Hartfield immediately attempted to assist some of the casualties when he was fatally struck by one of the rounds.

The gunman committed suicide as members of the SWAT team made entry into the room he was barricaded in. Fifty-eight people were killed and over 500 were wounded during the incident.

Officer Hartfield was a U.S. Army veteran and had served with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department for 11 years. He is survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 34
  • Tour 11 years
  • Badge 9008
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle
  • Offender Committed suicide

ambush, off duty, sniper

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I don’t know how to start this but I wonna start off by saying that im truly thankful for your service. I want to say thank you for choosing such a noble path. I want to say thank you for serving our country. I too was there at the concert with you, it still haunts me every day that so many peoples life’s were taken that night. It was that night and that specific night that made me realize that I wanted to be in law enforcement. It was brave actions like yours that showed me that there are good people out there still who are willing to put everything on the line to help another. It was your actions that made me feel so happy when I got the news that I had been hired by LASD . It was your actions that made me brave enough to get back up from that night and keep going and to persue what I wanted to do in life and to continue where you left off by serving a community to make a difference in people’s life. I don’t know why I was fortunate enough to live but it’s in your honor that I want to put others needs in front of mine and to make this world a better place every chance I get. So I thank you for all that you have done and I want to say one last time thank you and I’ll do everything to carry on your name

Benjamin Caldera

February 25, 2018

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