St. Louis Officer Charged For Shooting Death Of Officer Katlyn Alix

Officer Nathaniel Hendren has been criminally charged for the shooting death of Officer Kaitlyn Alix.

St. Louis, MO - Prosecutors announced on Friday that St. Louis Officer Nathaniel Hendren, 29, is being criminally charged for the shooting death of Officer Kaitlyn Alix, 24, on Thursday.

Soon-to-be former Officer Hendren is being charged with first degree involuntary manslaughter and armed criminal action.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that, Officer Alix was off-duty when she went to Officer Hendren's home.

On-duty Officer Hendren and his unidentified on-duty partner met Officer Alix shortly after night shift roll call to socialize.

While at the house, Officer Hendren grabbed a revolver that was not a department-issued weapon. He removed all of the bullets and then put one back in, according to the probable cause statement.

Officer Hendren spun the cylinder, pointed the gun away, and pulled the trigger. The gun didn't fire.

Officer Alix then took the gun, pointed it at Officer Hendren, and pulled the trigger. The gun didn't fire.

The unidentified partner of Officer Hendren told investigators that he reminded the two that they were police officers, shouldn't be playing with guns, and he wanted no part of it. He says he started to leave when Officer Hendren took the gun and pulled the trigger while it was pointed at Officer Alix's chest.

The gun went off, striking Officer Alix in the chest.

The on-duty officers sent out an “officer in need of aid” alert, and rushed Officer Alix to St. Louis University Hospital, where she was pronounced dead, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

While at the hospital, Officer Hendren headbutted the back windshield of a police SUV, breaking it, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. He remains hospitalized for his injuries.

The investigation into the fatal shooting is ongoing.

Officer Alix served as a military police officer before she joined SLMPD in 2016, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Her mother, Aimee, told KMOV that Officer Alix enlisted in the Army because she wanted to follow in her older brother’s footsteps.

"Katie enlisted when she was 17," Aimee said. "I signed for her because that's what she wanted to do. She was following in her brother's footsteps because he did the same."

She was also deployed to Cuba during her military service, her mother said.

Officer Alix graduated from the police academy in January of 2017, and was assigned to the department’s Sixth District, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

She was working as a patrol officer with the Second District at the time of her death.

“Officer Alix was an enthusiastic and energetic young woman with a bright future ahead of her," Chief Hayden said Thursday in a press release.

"On behalf of the Metropolitan Police Department, I extend my deepest sympathies to the Alix family during this extremely difficult time,” the chief continued. “I ask the St. Louis community to keep the Alix family and the entire Metropolitan Police Department in your thoughts and prayers as we mourn this tragic loss.”

Aimee said her daughter “loved her job,” and that she often went to the station even when she wasn’t on duty, KMOV reported.

“She would go visit her friends down there because…when you're a police officer, [you have] that close bond with everyone,” she said.

Officer Alix leaves behind her husband, parents, and sister, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Comments (51)
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Nielkyleevankate
Nielkyleevankate

HOW can this happen? Officers acting like teenagers and that's an insult to teenagers. A beautiful life lost to a silly 'game' RIP officer.

Judicialenforcement1
Judicialenforcement1

Something was definitely wrong with this officer. Shooting the officer like that. Head butting the glass. Something VERY wrong.

JBo
JBo

"...involuntary manslaughter"? This whole incident was totally stupid and avoidable. Playing Russian roulette deserves an upgraded charge at least to Voluntary Manslaughter.

Pointless!

Comet
Comet

Knowing better being police officer's, having training, and understanding the do's and dont's. Acting in such a disregard and careless manner, each deserve to be fired and handed down the toughest sentence.

Celtic Gyrl
Celtic Gyrl

I am very sorry for her family, for everyone involved, but if the facts are correct according to this story, she sadly bears some weight in this incident. Officer Herndon initially pointed the gun away and pulled the trigger, stupid and reckless. Unfortunately, Officer Alix then turned the revolver and pointed it AT Officer Herndon then pulled the trigger, Exponentially increasing the risk of an injury. His actions resulted in her death and he should face these charges but the whole tragedy was avoidable.

ManBearPig
ManBearPig

Was he one of the good one's?

Pahrump
Pahrump

So they were socializing while "on duty"?

BlueBlood05
BlueBlood05

I want to feel sorry, but as officers, we are held to a higher standard. It is unfortunate, but this was most definitely avoidable. At least one of them had sense, but now even he has to live with this

Weig
Weig

What officers sit there and play Russian Roulette? Idiots

AndyD1134
AndyD1134

Sounds like a bullshit story to me. Unwanted sexual advances after drinking and the Male officer didn't want to get in trouble? Doesn't sound right. Maybe one suicidal Russian roulette gambler, but both of them? And the one guy says, maybe you shouldn't do that? Cmon!

negolien
negolien

Who goes to an off duty female Officers house to socialize on duty? Some wtf is going on here I think.

Tadpole55
Tadpole55

Again, If it smells like a Rat.

Paul Kersey Jr.
Paul Kersey Jr.

The reality is 30 or so years of social experimentation in the Public Sector led to soup sandwiches like this. If one third of the reported narrative is accurate it speaks to a horrifying level of mental instability and a stunning lack of judgement on all 3 individuals' parts. I will reiterate, this, tragedy that it is, exemplifies why average citizens ( mundanes, civilians, helots ) trust police less and less. The death is unfortunate in the extreme, the person who just ruined his life is sad to observe, but these were people making life altering decisions effecting others on a daily basis. If not for this horrifying tragedy, those individuals still would be. I also find the current narrative very questionable. I concur with AndyD1134. Shenanigans that turned ugly in the extreme. RIP.

Back-The-Blue Carrie
Back-The-Blue Carrie

Something doesn't seem right here. Why was a married woman over at someone's house to meet with 2 on duty officers at 1:30 am? Why is there another gun & ammo there to play this game? There's more to this stupid, senseless, sad situation.

Blondie 51
Blondie 51

Why would the On Duty Cop be at his house meeting the off duty cop instead of being on the streets doing his job , and the other officer on duty should be charged with something also because he stood there and watched while they pointed the gun at each other. The wom er n officer should have been at home with her husband, something just isn't right about this story.

broome1970
broome1970

Something sounds off about this story, I'm sorry but an on duty officer wouldn't be socializing at home. This sounds like a cover story, I think they need to investigate this a little closely because I don't buy this at all.

Trueferblue
Trueferblue

As a well known pathologist once said "Someting long"!

Cstuartsr
Cstuartsr

Something doesn’t seem right, but the main focus needs to be on the life of a young lady that was taken due to a stupid senseless act. I am a retired LE Officer but for a Officer to play Russian Roulette with a fellow Officer is unimaginable. Where was his head? Why did he have a gun laying around with live rounds in it? I don’t believe in charging LE Officer unless it’s justified and in this case it’s justified. Why didn’t point it at his own head instead of the chest of a fellow officer. I pray for all involved especially this young officer, her husband and her family. May You Rest In Peace.

tfort
tfort

Play stupid games...... win stupid prizes.

LEO0301
LEO0301

This whole story is beyond belief. If it occurred as written, Officer Nathaniel Hendren deserves to spend many years in jail.

hleinen
hleinen

There must be more to this, I do not believe that anyone sane would allow someone to pull a trigger on them with a round in the revolver.

Katarina
Katarina

@Paul Kersey Jr. This was stupid behavior on the part of at least two human beings. Out of how many total people in the country? Do background checks and screenings on those who wish to become police officers and you end up with what? 800,000? Human beings applied, human beings screened them, human beings offered them jobs. You have the audacity to condemn trust in all police in general? I think you need to get in on the screening process. Your lack of perfection in the process must be what is lacking. This must be all your fault.

Sorry, there is no judgement I can make from the jumble of crazy information that has been released thus far, and there is no conclusion to be made as to the cause as Andy claims. Something very stupid occurred. If what was released is the truth, both the shooter and the officer shot seem equally to blame since they were shooting at each other (IF those are all facts)

Katarina
Katarina

@Paul Kersey Jr. I'm sorry I took all my frustration about the situation out on you. There are just too many questions and not enough answers to point blame in any direction, Was the third officer involved, or simply a bystander? Was he riding with the shooter that night and that was the only reason he was present? Was there a fourth person present that we haven't learned of yet? Just seems so senseless and tragic without further facts.

ACSO-Charles-One
ACSO-Charles-One

If it is as written the third officer had a duty to stop it. It is against the law to point a loaded firearm at anyone and pull the trigger. Call it attempted anything, from reckless discharge, to assault to first-degree involuntary manslaughter. Once, twice and the third time the dipshit did nothing.

pbm4jc
pbm4jc

Wow. Stupidity knows no bounds. Why do something so stupid that makes you wanna head butt the windshield and get hospitalized for it?

Oldvlc
Oldvlc

Something seriously wrong with that officer's mental makeup. Any and all users of firearms should treat them as if they are loaded even if you know they are not. Especially in this case he was lucky it did not go off on the first trigger pull. Tempting fate three times is criminal. NEVER point a firearm at ANYONE unless you intend to shoot.

TarnishedCopper
TarnishedCopper

A totally preventable incident. Thoughts and prayers for all involved, her family and her blue family.

crazykatz
crazykatz

Russian ROULETTE IS NOT A GAME IT IS MURDER WHEN PLAYING WITH OTHERS AND SUICIDE WHEN PLAYING ALONE. Idiots! what a waste of humans.

Nielkyleevankate
Nielkyleevankate

What was he thinking? Danger enough from citizens. Too stupid to even try to figure his thinking.