We saw the headlines about a St Louis Police officer who was killed by another officer. Kaitlyn Alix was killed by sheer stupidity. The officer who shot her, Nathaniel Hendren, is being charged with first degree involuntary manslaughter and armed criminal action. All over a “game” of Russian Roulette.
Officer Alix was off duty when she was killed; the officer who killed her was on duty.
Blue Lives Matter reported,
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.
A preventable death. After she died, Hendren head-butted the back window of a police SUV, and as of three days ago was hospitalized from the injuries. Likely he was hoping to kill himself. Police officers playing with guns and killing a fellow officer has brought shame to him, death to a colleague, and discredit on the St Louis Police.
Kaitlyn Alix, 24, was a US Army veteran who had deployed to Cuba as a Military Police officer. When she came home, she joined the St Louis Police Department in 2016, and graduated from the police academy in 2017. She loved her job, and frequently went to the department in her off hours.
Kaitlyn joined the Army at 17 because she wanted to follow in her brother’s footsteps. Her mother signed for her because “it was what she wanted to do.”
“Officer Alix was an enthusiastic and energetic young woman with a bright future ahead of her.” Chief Hayden, SLMPD
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that Alix is survived by her husband, parents and sister.
Featured photo via Blue Lives Matter