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An off-duty Chicago police officer shot and injured three people at a bowling alley in Blue Island when a drunken argument over bathroom use escalated into a fight, Cook County prosecutors say.

After being knocked to the ground, Kyjuan Tate, 27, grabbed his gun and held it to the head of the man he was fighting at the Burr Oak Bowl at 3030 W. 127th St. in Blue Island, said the prosecutors.

Tate pulled the trigger once, the bullet grazed the man’s right ear, then crossed the room and struck a 52-year-old man in the chest, prosecutors said. The ball exited the man’s back and lodged in the left hand of a 33-year-old bowling alley manager.

Tate was posted $2 million bond on Friday, charged with attempted murder and aggravated assault with a firearm.

Judge Luciano Penici also ordered that Tate be placed under electronic surveillance if he releases the $200,000 required for his release, according to court records. Tate was relieved of his police powers earlier this week.

A bowling alley worker said Tate was with a party doing karaoke in a lounge.

The fight began when a 46-year-old man was stopped from entering the men’s room by a “rude” and “visibly drunk” Tate because Tate’s sister was using the facility, prosecutors said.

The two got into a fight, but the man pulled away and drove to the parking lot to warm up his car before trying to use the restroom again, prosecutors said.

Tate still wouldn’t let the man into the bathroom and the two argued again. Tate lifted his sweater to show he had a Glock handgun in his holster, prosecutors said.

Tate handed his gun to his sister and then was punched in the face by the other man, who punched Tate four or five times, prosecutors said. The fight spilled into a living room and the man knocked Tate to the ground, prosecutors said.

As the man turned to walk away, Tate took the gun from his sister and pointed it at the man, who told officials he could feel the barrel of the gun “pressed against his head behind his right ear” before Tate fired, prosecutors said.

Witnesses tried to stop Tate from leaving, but he was seen in surveillance footage holding the gun as he made his way through the parking lot as police arrived on the scene, prosecutors said.

The man who was shot in the chest was taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he was stabilized 48 hours after the shooting and is unable to move his left arm, prosecutors said. The bullet was removed from the hand of the director of the same hospital.

The 46-year-old has lost part of his ear and is suffering from hearing loss, prosecutors said.

The Civilian Police Accountability Office said it is investigating the shooting with the Blue Island Police Department.

Tate’s attorney could not be reached for comment.

Tate was disciplined for making ‘unprofessional and inappropriate’ comments during LGBTQ training while working for the Cook County Adult Probation Service, according to a 2019 transcript of deposition in a no-show trial. report against the department.

Tate was suspended for 30 days, according to the transcript.

A police source said Tate was also involved in an incident at a graduation party with his classmates from the police academy. He had an altercation with a customer at a restaurant, informed that person he was a cop, and then called an officer in distress over the police radio.

The bowling alley’s liquor license was revoked amid the ongoing investigation into the shooting, the employee said.

Off-duty CPD officer shot 3 in bowling fight: prosecutors – NBC Chicago

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