ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) -- Charges have been filed against a St. Louis police officer accused in the shooting death of an off-duty officer.
Nathaniel Hendren is charged with first-degree involuntary manslaughter and armed criminal action. He has also been suspended from the police department.
Katlyn Alix, 24, was off-duty when she was shot inside an apartment in south St. Louis early Thursday morning.
Police say Alix, Hendren and his partner met at Hendren's apartment while Alix was off-duty and Hendren and his partner were on-duty.
Both were playing with guns when Hendren produced a revolver, emptied the cylinder and then put one bullet cartridge back in the cylinder.
Hendren then spun the cylinder, pointed the gun away and pulled the trigger but it did not fire.
Alix then took the gun and pointed it at Hendren and pulled the trigger but the gun again did not fire.
Hendren then took the gun back from Alix and pulled the trigger, shooting Alix in the chest, police say. She later died at the hospital.
Charging documents say Hendren’s partner told Hendren and Alix that they shouldn’t play with guns, and the partner "didn't want to have any part of it."
The partner was leaving the room when Hendren shot Alix. Authorities said he walked back into the room and saw Alix was shot in the chest.
"It saddens me and my staff to file these charges. Katlyn and her family deserve accountability and justice," said St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner.
Police said Hendren and his partner were on duty at the time of the shooting, and Public Safety Director Jimmie Edwards told News 4 they were not in their assigned district.
Hendren's partner has not been charged but has been placed on administrative leave.
Sources say Hendren was hospitalized for busting his head through a police cruiser's back window.
He is being held on a $50,000 bond, an amount his attorney is trying to lower.
City policy requires officers undergo alcohol tests within three hours of an incident. The police department referred to a request to comment to prosecutors because the case is ongoing.
A GoFundMe page has been set up to help pay for Alix's funeral.
The visitation for officer Alix is on Tuesday, January 29 from 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Kutis City Chapel.
The funeral is at the same place on Wednesday at 9:15 a.m. A mass follows at 10:00 a.m. at the Basilica of St. Louis.
Hendren's lawyer released the following statement:
The death of Officer Kaitlyn Alix was a tragic accident that has unalterably impacted the lives of everyone involved. I urge the public, as well as members of the police department, to wait until the investigation is complete, and all of the facts have been presented, before coming to any conclusions about what they believe happened that unfortunate morning.
My deepest sympathies and condolences are with Officer Alix’s family.