An off-duty police officer was shot dead in the stomach during a "Russian Roulette gunfire" game with a colleague, detectives say.
Katlyn Alix, 24, died in hospital after the shooting in the early hours of Thursday morning at a house in St Louis, Missouri, US.
Now, her colleague Nathaniel R. Hendren, 29, has been charged with involuntary manslaughter and armed criminal action.
Police are investigating claims the pair were playing a game in which they’d point a revolver with one round in the chamber at each other and then pull the trigger.
“This is a devastating incident for Katlyn Alix’s husband, family, parents and for our entire community,” said Kimberly M. Gardner, the St Louis circuit attorney.
"I will hold people accountable regardless of their profession, public status or station in life.
“As much as it saddens my staff and me to file these charges, Katlyn and her family deserve justice," he told local press.
The Army veteran’s death was first treated as accidental until new evidence emerged on Friday.
But police are yet to reveal what updates these are.
Aimee Chadwick, Katlyn’s grief-stricken mother, said: “She always told me, ‘Mom, if I die, it’s doing something I love to do.’ ”
She told KMOV: “So, it made me feel a little better. But this does not make me feel better.”
A pal said: “She could lift ungodly amounts of weight.
“She loved kids, and she’d try to shoot hoops with them, but she wasn’t very good at it."
Hendren has been with St. Louis Police Department for around one year.
Detectives say he had an accomplice on Thursday, another police officer whom has not yet been identified.
It is reported the friend told Hendren that “they shouldn’t be playing with guns and that they were police officers” but the game began regardless.
The duo were supposed to have been working at the time of the shooting, cops say.
The investigation continues.
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