An alleged game of Russian roulette went terribly wrong when a Missouri police officer was shot and killed.
St. Louis police officer Nathaniel Hendren, 29, was charged with involuntary manslaughter and armed criminal action after he allegedly shot fellow officer Katlyn Alix, 24, in the chest in what Hendren’s attorney is calling a “tragic accident.”
Early Thursday, Hendren was on duty at his house along with his unnamed partner and Alix, who was off duty. Hendren and Alix began taking turns pulling the trigger of a revolver that contained one bullet, according to court documents.
The unnamed officer became "uncomfortable with them playing with guns and didn’t want to have any part of it and started to leave," according to police documents.
As the officer was leaving, documents say, Alix was struck in the chest with the single bullet. Hendren and the other officer rushed her to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead, according to reports.
“The death of Officer (Katlyn) Alix was a tragic accident that has unalterably impacted the lives of everyone involved,” Hendren’s attorney, Talmage Newton, said in a statement. “I urge the public, as well as members of the police department, to wait until the investigation is complete, and all of the facts have been presented, before coming to any conclusions about what they believe happened that unfortunate morning.”
Following the incident, Hendren was allegedly hospitalized after head-butting a window of a police vehicle while in the backseat, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.
He currently remains in jail and is being held on $50,000 cash-only bail.
Hendren, who has been on the force for one year, was suspended without pay after the shooting. His partner was put on administrative leave.
Alix was an officer for two years. A GoFundMe has been set up for her funeral services.