In a letter released on Tuesday, a St. Louis prosecutor raised the question of whether the city's police department is blocking an investigation against an officer allegedly shooting a colleague.
In the letter: Attorney Kim, St. Louis Circuit Gardner accused the police department of being "obstructive" in the investigation and alleged that investigators had made a "premature conclusion" about the death of Officer Katlyn Alix, 24.
"There was probably drug or alcohol at the scene, possibly contributing to a possible crime. "Gardner wrote to police chief John Hayden and public security director Jimmie Edwards on Monday
adding that the shooting was an accident or resulted from a" mismanaged "firearm ̵
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Edwards called Gardner's "obstructionist" claim "ridiculous" and said the claim that alcohol and drugs may have been at the scene was "a bad assumption" . Louis Post-Dispatch reported .
Officer Nathaniel Hendren, 29, was indicted on Monday for involuntary manslaughter in first degree and armed criminal acts when policewoman Katlyn Alix died According to the Hendren authorities.
When Hendren is convicted of manslaughter for killing, he faces three to ten years in jail, reports FOX 2 of St. Louis.
Hendren's booking was delayed because he spent the weekend at the hospital. A booking photo shows him with a black left eye.
The officers allegedly played a Russian roulette game, alternately exchanged a weapon and shot with only one bullet in the chamber.
According to Gardner's letter, "The police would not comply with a search warrant for blood collection" to determine if Hendren was under the influence of alcohol or drugs during filming.
Alix was out of service at the time, but Hendren was hired by the authorities. It was unclear why, according to the authorities, he was at home instead of patrolling.
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Meanwhile, Hendren's lawyer, Talmage Newton IV, made a statement Tuesday in which he punished rumors that he claims to have been circulated about the case.
around the accidental death of Officer Katlyn Alix, "said Newton's statement," There is no evidence, and never will, that this was more than a tragic accident, with Nate Hendren devastated by the loss of Katlyn Alix. Spreading rumors and developing unsupported theories is dishonest to the public, the police, and the media, and our thoughts and prayers remain in the family of Officer Alix during this difficult time. "
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Hendrens partner, who was also at the filming location, was reportedly put on administrative leave.
Following his arrest, Hendren is reported to be sent to a prison outside the US for security City have been transferred.