An off-duty Chicago police officer shot and injured three people in a Blue Island bowling alley when a drunken argument over toilet use escalated into a fistfight, Cook County prosecutors said.
After being knocked to the ground, Kyjuan Tate, 27, grabbed his pistol and held it to the head of the man he fought in 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 went out of the man’s back and became lodged in the left hand of a 33-year-old bowling alley manager.
Tate was ordered Friday on $2 million bail, charged with attempted murder and aggravating the battery with a firearm.
Judge Luciano Penici also ordered that Tate be placed under electronic control if he pays 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 had been to a party doing karaoke in a lounge area.
The fight started when a 46-year-old man was prevented from entering a men’s room by a “rude” and “visibly intoxicated” Tate because Tate’s sister was using the facilities, prosecutors said.
The two men argued, but the man walked away and went to the parking lot to warm up his car before trying to go to the toilet again, prosecutors said.
Tate still wouldn’t let the man into the bathroom and the two got into an argument again. Tate lifted his sweater to show he had a Glock pistol in a holster, prosecutors said.
Tate gave his gun to his sister and was then punched in the face by the other man, who waved at Tate four or five times, prosecutors said. The fight culminated in a lounge and the man knocked Tate to the ground, prosecutors said.
When the man turned to walk away, Tate took his sister’s gun and pointed it at the man, who told officials he could feel the barrel of the gun “pressed to his head behind his right ear” before Tate fired. the prosecutors said.
Witnesses tried to prevent Tate from leaving, but he was seen on surveillance footage holding the gun as he made his way to the parking lot when 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 can no longer move his left arm, prosecutors said. The bullet was removed from the manager’s hand in the same hospital.
The 46-year-old man lost part of his ear and suffers from hearing loss, prosecutors said.
The Civilian Office of Police Accountability has said it is investigating the shooting with Blue Island police.
Tate’s lawyer 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 transcript of a 2019 statement in an unrelated lawsuit against the department.
Tate was suspended for 30 days, according to the transcript.
A law enforcement source said Tate was also involved in an incident during a graduation party with his police academy classmates. He got into an argument with a patron at a restaurant, told that person he was a cop, then made an emergency call on the police radio.
The bowling alley’s liquor license was revoked amid the ongoing investigation into the shooting, the employee said.