(St. Louis Police)

Police Release Mugshot of Cop Charged in Death of Fellow Officer

Hendren was so upset by the shooting, he reportedly banged his head to the point of bleeding on an SUV window

January 28, 2019 - 3:16 pm
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ST. LOUIS (KMOX/AP) — A mugshot of the St. Louis police officer who was charged in the shooting death of a female officer after player a deadly game with a revolver has been released. 

Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner announced the charge against Nathaniel Hendren, 29, in the death of 24-year-old Katlyn Alix, as they allegedly played a game in which a revolver's cylinder was emptied, one bullet put back and the two colleagues took turns pointing at each other and pulling the trigger.

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Alix was with two male officers at an apartment when she was killed just before 1 a.m. Thursday. A probable cause statement from police, provided by Gardner's office, offered a chilling account of the dangerous game that led to her death.

The probable cause statement said Alix and Hendren were playing with guns when Hendren produced a revolver.

"The defendant emptied the cylinder of the revolver and then put one cartridge back into the cylinder," the statement said. He allegedly spun the cylinder, pointed the gun away and pulled the trigger.

The two men were on-duty at the time of the shooting. Police Chief John Hayden has declined to answer questions about why the officers had gathered at the apartment, which was home to one of the men.

Hendren was so upset by the shooting, he reportedly banged his head to the point of bleeding on an SUV window. Sources say he's on a suicide watch at a local hospital, which explains he's charged with an "at large" warrant, rather than under arrest.

Police immediately launched an internal investigation and placed both officers on paid leave. Gardner also began her own investigation on Thursday and enlisted the Missouri State Highway Patrol to conduct it.

Alix was a patrol officer who had graduated from the St. Louis Police Academy in January 2017.