An off-duty Chicago police officer shot and injured three people at a Blue Island bowling alley when a drunken argument over using a restroom escalated into a fistfight, according to Cook County prosecutors.
After being thrown 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, prosecutors said.
Tate pulled the trigger once, the bullet grazed the man’s right ear, then traveled across the room and struck a 52-year-old man in the chest, prosecutors said. The bullet exited the man’s back and lodged in the left hand of a 33-year-old bowling alley manager.
Tate was being held on $2 million bail on Friday, charged with attempted murder and aggravated assault with a firearm.
Judge Luciano Penici also ordered that Tate be electronically monitored if he wires the $200,000 needed for his release, according to court records. Tate was relieved of his police powers earlier this week.
A bowling alley employee said Tate was with a party doing karaoke in a lounge area.
The fight began when a 46-year-old man was prevented from entering a men’s restroom by a “rude” and “visibly drunk” Tate because Tate’s sister was using the facilities, prosecutors said.
The two men argued, but the man walked away and headed to the parking lot to warm up his car before attempting 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 was holstering a Glock pistol, prosecutors said.
Tate gave his sister his gun and was then punched in the face by the other man, who struck Tate four or five times, prosecutors said. The fight broke out in a lounge area and the man threw 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 officers he could feel the barrel of the gun being “pressed to his head behind his right ear” before Tate fired, prosecutors said.
Witnesses tried to stop Tate from leaving, but he was seen on surveillance footage with the gun edging into the parking lot when police arrived at 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 unable to move his left arm, prosecutors said. The bullet was removed from the manager’s hand at the same hospital.
The 46-year-old lost part of his ear and suffers from hearing loss, prosecutors said.
The Civilian Office of Police Accountability has said it will investigate the shooting along 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 Cook County’s adult probation department, according to a transcript of a 2019 testimony in an independent lawsuit against the department emerges.
Tate was suspended for 30 days, according to protocol.
A law enforcement source said Tate was also involved in an incident during a graduation ceremony with his police academy classmates. He got into an argument with a guest in a restaurant, told the person he was a police officer, and then called an officer in distress over the police radio.
The bowling alley’s liquor license was revoked amid ongoing investigations into the shootings, the clerk said.