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LAS VEGAS, Nev. — Las Vegas police mourned one of their own on the Internet and in public Thursday, but few details of the Wednesday night crash that killed one officer and seriously injured another have been released by Clark County Sheriff Doug Gillespie.
The fatal single-vehicle crash, which occurred while the officers were not responding to an emergency, happened exactly five months after another young officer was killed under similar circumstances.
"Losing an officer to a shooting or anything like this is very tragic, but we're a family, and we'll continue to do our jobs," a somber Gillespie said Thursday morning.
Officer Milburn "Millie" Beitel, 30, died at 1:30 a.m. Thursday at University Medical Center following surgery. He had been with the Metropolitan Police Department for six years. The second officer, a 25-year-old, three-year veteran of the department, has not been identified. He was in critical but stable condition at UMC Thursday afternoon.
In the hours after the crash, dozens of officers waited outside UMC as police cars filled the streets. On one police memorial Web site, several officers and dispatchers posted their condolences under Beitel's profile.
One, who identified himself as a Las Vegas officer, said, "It was an honor working with you. You were an inspiration to all of those who knew you and you will be sorely missed."
Gillespie and other officers wore a strip of black ribbon across their badges to honor Beitel.
So tragic... RIP