Ex-Cop Who Killed Officer Katlyn Alix Says She's Responsible For Own Death

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Former St. Louis Police Officer Nathaniel Hendren blamed Officer Katlyn Alix for her own death in his lawsuit response.

St. Louis, MO – The former St. Louis police officer who fatally shot St. Louis Police Officer Katlyn Alix in a game of Russian roulette said his married girlfriend knew the risks and had previously engaged in gun play.

Former St. Louis Police Officer Nathaniel Hendren made the remarks that pointed the finger back at his victim on March 11 in his response to a lawsuit filed by Officer Alix’s mother, KSDK reported.

Aimee L. Wahlers, Officer Alix’s mother, filed a wrongful death lawsuit on Oct. 9, 2019 that claimed Hendren had a “complicated psychiatric history” before he ever became a police officer.

Wahlers’ suit alleged that Officer Hendren had a history of forcing his girlfriends to play Russian roulette.

It also said that the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department should have known Officer Hendren had psychiatric problems when they hired him, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

Officer Alix, 24, was fatally shot just before 1 a.m. on Jan. 24 while visiting then-Officer Hendren and his partner, Officer Patrick Riordan, at Officer Hendren’s apartment in the 700-block of Dover Place while the two men were on duty.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that Officer Alix was off-duty when she met the two men after night shift roll call to socialize.

According to Officer Riordan, Officer Alix and Officer Hendren were “consuming alcohol beverages and playing with their off-duty weapons,” KMOV reported.

While at the house, Officer Hendren grabbed a revolver that was not a department-issued weapon, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Officer Riordan told police that Officers Hendren and Alix engaged in a game of Russian roulette, and that he reminded the two that they were police officers, shouldn't be playing with guns, and said he wanted no part of it.

He said he started to leave when Officer Hendren took the gun and pulled the trigger while it was pointed at Officer Alix's chest.

That time, the gun fired, striking Officer Alix in the chest.

Hendren pleaded guilty to one count of involuntary manslaughter and one count of armed criminal action on Feb. 28 in an agreement that sentenced him to seven years in prison.

The former police officer claimed in his response to the lawsuit that Officer Alix initiated their get-together the night she was killed.

He said she texted him and asked him to hang out and then later texted “Come see me,” KSDK reported.

Hendren’s response to the lawsuit said that Officer Alix was waiting for him and his partner when they arrived at Hendren’s home, which was located outside their patrol area.

He claimed Officer Alix was the first person to pull out a weapon the night she was shot, and that she fired Hendren's revolver, loaded with one bullet, at him before handing the weapon over to Hendren to fire at her, according to KSDK.

Hendren disputed Wahlers’ allegation that he dropped Office Alix multiple times after he shot her but said he’d had trouble putting Officer Alix into his car to take her to the hospital.

In his response, Hendren admitted he had been having a relationship with Officer Alix, who was married to another St. Louis Police Officer at the time, KSDK reported.

He claimed Officer Alix was planning to get a divorce and had started to move in with him.

Hendren denied Wahlers’ assertion that he had prior mental health issues or had forced girlfriends to play Russian roulette in the past, KSDK reported.

Instead, Hendren’s response to the lawsuit said Officer Alix had "previously and voluntarily engaged in gun play with at least one other individual prior to her death, on another time and date."

Comments (24)

Anyone who believes playing Russian roulette is a sane thing to do shouldn't be a cop. Yeah, he was nuts and the department is going to pay for this one.

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Son of a bitch! Holy crap! Neither should have been police officers. If both were stupid enough to go along with this " game" then they were both mentally ill and the pchychological test portion of their application process should have found these two unqualified to be cops. Normal people, especially trained officers, don't play Russian roulette. Guns are not toys. I was able to leave my loaded firearm on the kitchen table while using the bathroom and I had 3 kids and all 3 would never touch it. Thinking back I now realize how stupid I was as a rookie to be doing that. My kids knew about guns and they respected it. I trained them to never pick up my gun plus other education and they never touched it. Still, it was dumb of me. Things can go wrong real quick. Especially with 6 to 10 year old kids. Luckily, they never touched it or play Russian roulette. I think both officers were at fault, not just Alix. Unfortunately she paid the ultimate price. Cost a 24 year old's life. He should go to prison for killing her. 7 years seems lenient although it wasn't murder, pointing a gun, even if you think there's no rounds in it at a person should never happen. He didn't mean to kill her probably but he played the game knowing what the possible ramifications were. He was out of his patrol bounds to boot. 10 to 15 years in prison sounds about right, not just 7. It's a shame but many officers have affairs with their fellow cops wives. Happened to me. I eventually had to point and press my service weapon at my "partner's" temple once while we was sitting in our patrol car to tell him my wife wanted their 1 year affair to end but he kept it up and wouldn't leave her alone. He knew when I was working and he would go to my house when I wasn't around to have sex. I know, it takes two but she confessed to me but told me he kept ringing the doorbell or knocked hard on the door during overnight shifts. My own partner! He stopped after that but he ran to our captain and told him what I did. I had to turn in my badge and weapon. I got fired eventually but he went to another department and they fired him for stealing their FOP dues funds for months.
I got hired at another department because I was fit for duty. Some marriage counseling and things turned out well. Many officers are notorious for drinking too much, having affairs, even with other cops wives or female officers and many get divorced or commit suicide. Too bad. RIP officer Alix.


This guy is too stupid to wear a badge. He's tarnished all of us. Seven years in prison was a gift. Blame the victim...unbelievable and I hope the lawsuit finds a million bucks and cleans him out.


That POS doesn't know the Officers code apparently. You don't mess with another Officers Wife or Girlfriend, it is an unwritten rule but it is hands off when it comes to that.


He looks like a typical douchbag...not surprised he cheated with another man's wife or that he played stupid games.
Now hes in jail... exactly where he should be


WTH....I have to blame both...she should've known better not to play this "game" and he shouldn't have wanted her to play either!!! And why would anyone want to play it, because when you lose, it's fatal!!!

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Cops kid

“consuming alcohol beverages and playing with their off-duty weapons,” Darwin brewing got another one ...

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Cops kid

My thoughts are, there should be more than three vacancies in that department.
Somebody else knew the whole story.