Officer Katlyn Alix was in the living room of another officer who was on duty but at the home when he mishandled a firearm and shot Alix in the chest.
 - Image courtesy of St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department / Twitter.

Officer Katlyn Alix was in the living room of another officer who was on duty but at the home when he mishandled a firearm and shot Alix in the chest.

Image courtesy of St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department / Twitter.

An officer with the St. Louis (MO) Metropolitan Police Department was accidentally shot and killed when a fellow officer reportedly mishandled a gun, allowing it to discharge.

According to the St. Louis Post Dispatch, the officer—identified as 24-year-old Katlyn Alix—was in the living room of another officer who was on duty but at the home when he mishandled a firearm and shot Alix in the chest.

Two on-duty officers reportedly transported Alis to a nearby hospital, where she was later pronounced dead.

The gun involved in the incident was reportedly not a department-issued firearm.

"Officer Alix was an enthusiastic and energetic young woman with a bright future ahead of her," Chief John Hayden said on Twitter.

An investigation remains ongoing.

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