Update: The officer fatally shot has been identified as 24-year-old St. Louis Police Officer Katlyn Alix.
A St. Louis police officer is dead following a negligent discharge by her fellow officer on Thursday morning.
The deceased officer was off-duty at the time and had stopped by the home of her fellow officer at around 1 AM, shortly after two on-duty officers had stopped by for a visit. At some point during the social call, the female officer was unintentionally shot in the chest.
According to Fox2Now, the unidentified officer was 24 years of age at the time of her death, and had been with SLPD for a little over two years. Her on-duty counterparts were 29 years of age, and had been with the agency for nearly 24 months.
In the aftermath of the incident, Police Union Business Manager Jeff Roorda released the following statement:
“The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department and the St. Louis Police Officers Association lost one our own early this morning in a tragic incident that is still under investigation. We know that the press and the public want to understand what happened. So do we.
But for now, we wait; we wonder; and we weep. We ask that the media and the public respect the privacy of this young officer’s family, friends and co-workers as they mourn.
The motto of the National Law Enforcement Memorial is, ‘It is not how these officers died that made them heroes, it is how they lived.’ That’s what we should focus on right now, how this officer lived. She served her community and her nation with dignity and courage both as a police officer and as a member of the military.
That is how she lived, as a hero. And, for now, that is all anybody needs to know.”
It is unknown which officer fired the fatal shot, and the investigation is ongoing.
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