Katlyn Alix, a 24-year-old police officer in St. Louis, was shot and killed early Thursday, January 24. Alix was killed by a fellow police officer, who allegedly “mishandled” a gun inside of a home the two were at.
“The officer, 24-year-old Katlyn Alix, was in the living room of another officer who was on duty but at the home just before 1 a.m. when he ‘mishandled a firearm and shot (Alix) in the chest,’ police said in a written statement Thursday morning,” according to St. Louis Today.
“Police Chief John Hayden said two male officers who were on duty went to one of their homes during their shift. Alix, who was off duty, stopped by and was shot in the chest in what Hayden called the ‘accidental discharge of a weapon.'”
There is no word on why the officers were in the home, which belonged to one of them, nor why they were handling a non-police issued weapon.
“Officer Alix was an enthusiastic and energetic young woman with a bright future ahead of her,” Police Chief John Hayden said in a statement. “On behalf of the Metropolitan Police Department, I extend my deepest sympathies to the Alix family during this extremely difficult time. 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.”
Our deepest condolences are with Alix’s family and friends during this difficult time.