GUNZ: St. Louis officer gets 7 years in Russian roulette shooting

St. Louis police officer Nathaniel Hendren pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter, in the “accidental” shooting of a female officer.

He was accused of fatally shooting 24-year-old Katlyn Alix, also a St. Louis police officer, at his home in January 2019 while he was supposed to be on duty elsewhere. Hendren’s male partner, also on duty, was at the home, too. Alix, a married military veteran, was off-duty at the time.

According to a statement from police:

Hendren emptied the cylinder of the revolver and then put one cartridge back in.

He then spun the cylinder and pulled the trigger once. It didn’t fire.

The soon to be dead Officer Alix then took the pistol, pointed it at Hendren, pulled the trigger, but it didn’t fire.

Hendren “took the gun back and pointed it at the “victim” (and) pulled the trigger causing the gun to discharge,” the statement said. “The victim was struck in the chest.”

  • Hendren’s partner had warned the two not to play with the gun.
  • The two surviving officers took her to the hospital, but it was too late.
  • Hendren’s lawyer said it was a “tragic accident”.
  • Alix’s family in a lawsuit said that Hendren “forced” other girlfriends to play similar games.
  • Hendren claims he was in an intimate relationship with Alix.
  • 7 years was the max for involuntary manslaughter.
  • No word on how Hendren got the shiner.

wdef.com

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