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A St Louis police officer has been charged with manslaughter after allegedly shooting dead a colleague during a game of Russian roulette.

Nathaniel R. Hendren, 29, faces involuntary manslaughter and armed criminal action charges in the killing of 24-year-old Katlyn Alix.

Officer Katlyn Alix, died after an officer "mishandled" a gun and accidentally shot and killed her early on January 24, 2019, at an officer's home.

Hendren's patrol partner, who has not been identified and was not charged, told police he had told Hendren and Alix to stop playing with guns, and had turned to leave the apartment when he heard the shot. Alix took the gun and pulled the trigger while pointing at Hendren, but it did not fire, the statement said.

Hendren then took the gun back from Alix and pulled the trigger, shooting Alix in the chest, police said.

He and Hendren put Alix in their patrol vehicle and rushed her to the hospital.

The two officers 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.

Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner on Friday announced the charge against 29-year-old Nathaniel Hendren in the death of 24-year-old Katlyn Alix. Police Chief John Hayden says Alix was off-duty and stopped by the home. But instead of patrolling their beats, the two were allegedly hanging out at Hendren's apartment-two miles away from where they were supposed to be patrolling.

The weird 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.

In addition to Alix, at least 10 other police officers have died in 2019, according to the National law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.

While they were at Hendren's home, Hendren pulled out a revolver.

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.

"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. She said the Missouri State Highway Patrol will be helping her office conduct its parallel look into the shooting to ensure a "complete, objective and thorough investigation" for the officer's family.

When he returned, Alix was bleeding from the chest, the officer said.

Police tape remains at the scene of a shooting in St. Louis on Thursday.


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