Charges filed, officer killed was playing game with revolver

Jan 27, 2019, 01:28
Charges filed, officer killed was playing game with revolver

A St. Louis cop has been charged with involuntary manslaughter in the death of his fellow officer Katlyn Alix.

Nathaniel Hendren, 29, was charged Friday with involuntary manslaughter and armed criminal action, according to Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner and a probable cause statement.

Off-duty officer Katlyn Alix was shot and killed by another officer in a game of Russian roulette, police say.

The other on-duty officer with Hendren, who has not been identified, told the pair they should not be playing with guns and reminded them that they were police officers, according to the probable cause statement.

He allegedly spun the cylinder, pointed the gun away and pulled the trigger, but it did not fire.

Hendren took the gun back and pointed it at Alix, pulled the trigger and shot Alix in the chest.

When it didn't fire, Hendren took it back and aimed it at Alix before pulling the trigger again, police allege.

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On the third shot, Hendren pulled the trigger while pointing the gun at Alix, and the gun discharged, the statement reads.

Katlyn Alix, a 24-year-old Army veteran had spent two years on the force and died in hospital.

"Officer Alix was an enthusiastic and energetic young woman with a bright future ahead of her", SLMPD Commissioner John Hayden said in the statement.

The two men were on-duty at the time of the shooting.

"She always told me, 'Mom, if I die, it's doing something I love to do, ' " Aimee Chadwick, her mother, told KMOV.

In a statement issued by Circuit Attorney Kimberly M. Gardner, the crime is punishable by three to ten years in jail.

That officer was uncomfortable and left the room, but before he left the apartment he heard a shot and returned to find Alix shot, according to the document. Alix, who regularly worked with the two men and was "close" with them, the Post-Dispatch reported, soon joined the officers in the living room.

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Hendren and his partner reported the shooting on their police radios and took Alix to the hospital in their police department SUV.

Alix's friends described her to local media as a nails-tough fitness buff who excelled as a police officer.

Two men were seen by locals dragging a bleeding woman into a vehicle and then speeding away, but unlike most gun crimes, it was a St. Louis police auto.

Alix, who was a married military veteran, graduated from the St Louis Police Academy in January 2017.

At first, police called it an "accidental" killing after an officer "mishandled" a gun.

"Today, as much as it saddens my staff and me to file these charges, Katlyn and her family deserve accountability", Gardner said today in a written statement.

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