LAS VEGAS (July 23, 2013)--A Las Vegas police officer died in a fall while trying to rescue a stranded hiker on Mt. Charleston northwest of the city.
Officers were sent at around 9 p.m. Monday to an area just above Mary Jane Falls.
Las Vegas police assistant sheriff Joseph Lombardo said the area was too difficult to access by foot, so rescuers used a helicopter to hoist the hiker to safety.
The officer became separated from the hiker at some point during the rescue and fell from a cliff.
Lombardo didn't say how far the officer fell.
The officer’s name was not immediately released.
Lombardo said federal and local authorities will investigate.