Former St. Louis cop pleads guilty for killing fellow officer in Russian Roulette-style game

Former officer Nathaniel Hendren is expected to be sentenced to seven years in prison. 

Kevin Killeen
February 28, 2020 - 10:17 am
officer Katlyn Alix, Nathaniel Hendren's

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX/AP) - The former St. Louis police officer accused of killing a female officer in a Russian Roulette-type game pleaded guilty on Friday. 

Former officer Nathaniel Hendren pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and armed criminal action in the January 2019 shooting death of fellow-St. Louis Metropolitan Police officer Katlyn Alix. He's expected to be sentenced to seven years in prison. 

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The family of the 24-year old female officer who was killed has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Hendren, his patrol car partner who was also there the night of the shooting, and the city of St. Louis. 

Prosecutors allege that Hendren and a male colleague were on duty in the early hours of Jan. 24, but went to one of the officers' apartment for a reason that has not been explained. Alix, who was off-duty, met them there.

Charging documents say Hendren and Alix became involved in a dangerous game, taking turns pointing a gun loaded with one bullet at each other and pulling the trigger. Twice the gun didn't fire, but the third time, charging documents say, Hendren pulled the trigger and shot Alix in the chest.

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