Highway Patrol to investigate officer shooting

Officer Katlyn Alix was shot in a fellow cop's apartment in Carondelet.- COURTESY ST. LOUIS POLICE  DOYLE MURPHY

Katlyn Alix, a 24-year-old military veteran, was killed at an officer's home in St Louis in the USA just before 1am Thursday while she and fellow cop, Nathaniel Hendren, 29, allegedly played a fatal game of Russian roulette.

The partner told investigators he told Hendren and Alix they should not be playing with guns and reminded them they were police officers.

"The defendant emptied the cylinder of the revolver and then put one cartridge back into the cylinder", the statement said.

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

Hendren "took the gun back and pointed it at the victim [and] pulled the trigger, causing the gun to discharge", the statement said.

According to prosecutors, Hendren and Alix were playing with firearms when Hendren produced a revolver.

In fact, the grievously wounded woman, who soon died at a hospital was a police officer, too: Katlyn Alix, a 24-year-old Army veteran with two years on the force.

The partner says that he left the room but heard the shot while still in the apartment and returned to find Alix shot in the chest. "And the two men were officers".

"She always told me, 'Mom, if I die, it's doing something I love to do.' So, it made me feel a little better".

Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner on Friday announced the charge against 29-year-old Nathaniel Hendren in the death of 24-year-old Katlyn Alix. That officer, identified as Hendren's partner, said he didn't want to be involved with the gunplay and started to leave the apartment.

'We ask that the media and the public respect the privacy of this young officer's family, friends and co-workers as they mourn'.

The trio met up at Hendren's home on the 700 block of Dover Street in the Carondelet neighborhood, according to police.

She was pronounced dead shortly after arrival, the statement said.

Authorities say a St. Louis police officer has accidentally shot and killed another officer.

According to the Post-Dispatch, at the hospital Hendren head-butted the window of a police SUV hard enough to shatter the glass and had to be hospitalized for his injuries.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol had been assisting the circuit attorney's office in investigating the shooting. "Today, as much as it saddens my staff and me to file these charges, Katlyn and her family deserve accountability and justice".

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

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.

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