ST. LOUIS – Nathanial Hendren turned himself after about 2 p.m. Monday. He’d been in the hospital since he shot and killed his fellow officer, Katlyn Alix, Thursday morning.
Hendren reportedly slammed his head against a police car windshield in distress after the incident. You can see what appears to be the injuries from his actions in a booking photo
Hendren faces charges of first-degree involuntary manslaughter and armed criminal action after last week’s shooting on Dover Place in south St. Louis.
Police and prosecutors said Hendren and his partner were hanging out at the home while they were on duty and out of the district. The address is Hendren’s residence. Officer Alix reportedly joined them while she was off-duty.
According to court records, Hendren and Alix were reportedly playing with a revolver with one bullet in the chamber, when Hendren shot Alix in the chest and she died.
Hendren hired attorney Talmadge Newton, who argued for a bond reduction. A judge set Hendren’s bond at $50,000 cash-only. The judge will consider the defense’s request Wednesday morning.
At present, suspect Hendren is on unpaid suspension. His partner, who was there during the shooting, was placed on administrative leave.
Defense attorney Newton would not comment other than to provide the following statement:
“The death of Officer Katlyn 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.”