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St. Louis Mayor expresses anger over on-duty officer killing fellow officer during game of Russian Roulette

It's the first time we're hearing Mayor Lyda Krewson express her thoughts and feelings over the tragic shooting death.

ST. LOUIS — Angry, disturbed and heartbroken.

Those were some of the choice words used by St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson on Monday when speaking about a shooting involving several city officers.

It was the first time since the tragic events of last Thursday morning that she shared her feelings and thoughts about Officer Katlyn Alix publicly.

Alix, 24, was off-duty when she was shot and killed during a Russian Roulette-style game with Officer Nathan Hendren inside his apartment in the Carondelet neighborhood.

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Another officer, who was also on-duty, was present but hasn't been charged. Court documents said the second officer was uncomfortable in the situation and tried to leave.

Hendren, 29, was on-duty at the time and should've been inside his assigned patrol area. He has been charged with one count of involuntary manslaughter and armed criminal action.

5 On Your Side Investigative Reporter Jacob Long caught up with Krewson to get answers.

Jacob Long: "These two on-duty, taxpayer-funded officers were not in their district. (They were) fooling around. We should all be upset about it. What do you want to see happen? Isn't there an accountability angle here? That someone needs to be accountable for what happened here?"

Krewson: "I think certainly there'll be many discussions at the police department about why those two officers were there.  There's no one who likes that.  There's no one who supports that.  And frankly I'm like the rest of the public, I'm very disturbed.  I'm disturbed about this incident, and very sad, and very heartbroken.  The series of decisions that were made by these young officers led to something that never should have happened.  But it did."

The only other public official we've heard from since the shooting was Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner on Friday evening, when she announced the criminal charges.

Chief John Hayden has not talked to the media since early Thursday morning, shortly after the shooting.

Krewson suggested to Long that Hayden is expected to speak publicly again once he has gathered more information.

5 On Your Side has asked to speak with him every day since the shooting, and every one of our requests has been denied.

We intend to keep asking for an interview related to the shooting.