The Latest: Officer accused of manslaughter to change jails
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Latest on criminal cases involving St. Louis police officers (all times local):
A St. Louis police officer accused of accidentally killing a female colleague last week will be moved to a jail outside of the city for his own protection.
Nathaniel Hendren made a court appearance Tuesday via video from jail, where he is being held on charges of involuntary manslaughter and armed criminal action in the death of Officer Katlyn Alix.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports officials will move Hendren to another jail in Missouri, but officials declined to say where.
Hendren is jailed on $50,000 bond, though his attorney is trying to get it reduced.
Hendren was at an apartment while on-duty around 1 a.m. Thursday. Alix was off-duty. Charging documents say Hendren and Alix were taking turns pulling the trigger of a gun loaded with one bullet while pointing it at each other when Alix was shot in the chest.
Two St. Louis police officers are charged in a shooting outside a bar, the latest embarrassment for the police department.
Joseph Schmitt and William Olsten were charged Monday with first-degree assault and armed criminal action. Schmitt also faces a weapons charge.
The officers were off-duty at a bar in April. The charges claim Schmitt and Olsten approached a van where a bar patron was sitting. An investigation by the circuit attorney’s office found that the patron’s gun went off when Olsten slammed that person to the ground, injuring Olsten. Schmitt allegedly responded by shooting the patron, who survived.
Last week, officer Nathaniel Hendren was charged with involuntary manslaughter in the death of another officer, Katlyn Alix. Police say they were playing with guns when one went off. And in November, four officers were indicted for allegedly beating an undercover colleague during a protest.