Game of Russian Roulette takes police officer’s life

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A St. Louis police officer has now been charged with shooting and killing another officer.

The two were allegedly playing with a revolver, in what appears to be a game of Russian Roulette.

Circuit Attorney Kim Gardne is charging 29 year old St. Louis City Police Officer Nathaniel Hendren with involuntary manslaughter and armed criminal action.

Officer Hendren only has one year of service with the St. Louis City Police Department.

The St. Louis city police officer who was shot and killed in this tragic incident is 24 year old Katlyn Alix.

Alix was an Army veteran and had been on the city police force for just two years.

The incident unfolded around 1:00 a.m. Thursday morning at Hendren’s home.

Court documents describe what happened when Hendren and another officer who were both on duty met Alix who was off duty at the home.

Hendren and Alix were playing with guns when Hendren took out a revolver.

Hendren removed all the bullets but then put one back into the cylinder and spun it.

The court documents say Hendren pointed the gun away from everyone and pulled the trigger, nothing happened.

Alix took the gun, pointed it at Hendren, pulled the trigger and again nothing happened.

But then Hendren took the gun and pulled the trigger as he pointed it at officer Alix.

The gun went off, hitting Alix in the chest.

Both officers rushed officer Alix to SLU Hospital where she died.

Kimberly Gardner, St. Louis Circuit Attorney: “I’m disappointed this happened to anyone, or anyone’s family in the community. This is devastating and this is heart-wrenching that it happened to be a St. Louis City Police Officer. “Today as much as it saddens me and my staff to file these charges, Katlyn and her family deserve accountability and justice.”

The court papers say the other 29 year old male officer who was there told Hendren and Alix that they should not be playing with guns.

The documents reveal that as that other officer was leaving the room the gunshot went off.

Gardner would not answer the question of whether any additional charges could be coming in the case. She would only say that it is an open investigation.

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