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Louis Police Played Game with Loaded Revolver Leading to Fellow Officer's Death

Louis Police Played Game with Loaded Revolver Leading to Fellow Officer's Death

It is reported that a United States police officer was killed by one of her fellow officers while off-duty and playing a game of Russian Roulette.

The St. Louis prosecutor on Friday charged 29-year-old officer Nathaniel Hendren with involuntary manslaughter in the death of 24-year-old officer Katlyn Alix.

Katlyn Alix, 24, was off-duty when she went to Nathaniel Hendren's flat on Thursday morning.

A probable cause statement from police offered a chilling account of the unsafe game that led to her death, describing how Alix and Hendren were playing with guns. He emptied the cylinder, put one cartridge back in, then spun it. Hendren then pointed the gun away from the other officers and pulled the trigger, but the gun didn't fire. Alix took the gun and pointed it at Hendren and pulled the trigger and it also did not fire, according to the probable cause statement.

Alix then took the gun and, according to the warrant, pointed it at Hendren. He had told Hendren and Alix that they shouldn't be playing with guns and that they were police officers.

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

The freakish shooting comes at a hard time for the department, which is already under national scrutiny after four St. Louis officers were indicted by a federal grand jury in November in the brutal beating of a 22-year police veteran who had been posing as a protester during 2017 demonstrations over a fatal police shooting.

Chief John Hayden called 24-year-old Katlyn Alix an "enthusiastic and energetic young woman with a bright future ahead of her".

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St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kimberly M. Gardner said Friday that the charge is punishable by three to 10 years in prison.

Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner says the investigation will continue. Today, as much as it saddens me and my staff to file these charges, Katlyn and her family deserve accountability and justice. But Rumpsa described a softer side as well and said Alix loved to interact with children she met on the job.

Alix is survived by her parents, sister and husband.

Alix served six years in a military police unit prior to joining the police force, The Washington Post reports.

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.

The St. Louis police union released a statement in which it recognized that the public wants to "understand what happened". The daily says he headbutted the back window of a police vehicle parked at the hospital - and notes that he, his partner and Alix were close.

"So do we", the union said.