SOUTH ST. LOUIS, Missouri – is now reporting a St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department officer has fallen to their death from a backyard patio.

Around 11 a.m., officers responded to the 4600 block of Hannover Avenue for a report of an accidental injury when the located Ofc. Alexander Klein, 27, dead on a backyard patio.

Klein was reportedly off-duty at the time of the incident, police say.

Investigators say a preliminary investigation suggests the incident was an accident but are waiting for an autopsy will determine the cause of death, KMOV explained.

“On behalf of the Metropolitan Police Department, I extend my deepest sympathies to the Klein family during this challenging time,” said Police Commissioner John Hayden. “I ask the St. Louis community to keep the Klein family and the entire Metropolitan Police Department in your thoughts and prayers as we mourn the loss of our officer.”

Klein had joined the department in 2012 as a police dispatcher but was commissioned as a St. Louis

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