ST. LOUIS, Mo. — Police have identified the young St. Louis police officer who was accidentally shot and killed by another officer early Thursday morning.
Katlyn Alix, who was off-duty, was shot in the chest around 1 a.m. while in the company of two other officers and others at a home in the 700 block of Dover. Alix was taken to the hospital where she was pronounced deceased. She was 24.
Chief John Hayden said two on-duty male police officers showed up at one of their homes during their shift. Alix also stopped by the home Wednesday night. Police said that one of the on-duty officers was sitting in the living room of the apartment, mishandled a gun, and shot Alix in the chest.
Police recovered the gun at the apartment. The officers rushed Alix to the hospital, where she later died.
The shooting is something residents won’t forget anytime soon. Neighbors said the officer's home is usually quiet and there's nothing unusual about him.
“I would describe him as a typical neighbor; seemed like a nice guy,” said Willie Riley, who lives across the street.
It is unclear which male officer fired the shot. Both of the on-duty officers are 29-years-old and have been with the department for nearly two years, Hayden said.
“Officer Alix was an enthusiastic and energetic young woman with a bright future ahead of her. On behalf of the Metropolitan Police Department, I extend my deepest sympathies to the Alix family during this extremely difficult time,” Chief Hayden said in a statement. “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.”
Black bunting was hung in place at the St. Louis Police Officers Association as members mourned the loss of officer Katlyn Alix.
“We want answers, the public wants answers, but in the meantime, as I said, we wait, wonder, and we weep,” said Jeff Roorda, the SLPOA business manager.
Officer Alix graduated from the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Academy in 2016. She not only served the city but she was also in the military serving our country.
St. Louis police Sgt. Don Re met Alix while she was a recruit. In a blog post Thursday, Sgt. Re shared his memories of Officer Alix, including her love of animals and family, and her compassion.
One of Alix’s neighbors, John Vogan, a former city cop, described her as a nice young girl.
“It’s an accident but still a violent death," Vogan said. "It’s not something you expect from police officers. They should know how to handle firearms.”
The St. Louis Police Department's Force Investigation Unit is handling the ongoing investigation.
St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner said the Missouri State Highway Patrol would assist her office in investigating the shooting.
The circuit attorney’s office routinely conducts investigations following officer-involved shootings in the City of St. Louis.
Officer Alix is survived by her husband, mother, father, and sister.