Off-duty officer shoots 3 during argument at Blue Island bowling alley

Off-duty Chicago police officer shoots person in Blue Island
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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- An off-duty Chicago police officer was arrested after allegedly shooting three people Tuesday night during an argument at a bowling alley in south suburban Blue Island.

The probationary police officer fired his gun shortly before midnight at the Burr Oak Bowl at 3030 W. 127th St., according to Civilian Office of Police Accountability spokesman Ephraim Eaddy.

The conditions of the three people shot were not available, but there were no reported fatalities. COPA was notified of the shooting at 2 a.m. Wednesday, Eaddy said.

An employee who answered the phone at the bowling alley said the officer had been with a party that was doing karaoke in a lounge area. A general manager was among those wounded, according to the employee, who said the manager was struck in the hand, but is now at home “relaxing.”

On Wednesday, the bowling alley’s liquor license was pulled amid the ongoing investigation into the shooting, the employee said.

Curtis Van Johnson II, another employee who was working at the time, said he was outside, but saw the aftermath and confirmed a general manager was shot in the hand. He said another victim was struck in the upper body, while the third was grazed in the head.

The officer was arrested by Blue Island police and relieved of his police powers, the Chicago Police Department said in a statement.

COPA said it was investigating the shooting with the Blue Island Police Department, which didn’t respond to requests for comment.

A law enforcement source said the officer was previously involved in an incident during a graduation party with his police academy classmates. He got into an altercation with a patron at a restaurant, informed that person he was a cop and then made an officer in distress call over police radio.

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