$2 million bail set for off-duty officer charged after 3 shot during argument at Blue Island bowling alley

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- An off-duty Chicago police officer was ordered held on $2 million bail Friday, accused of shooting three people during a fight at a bowling alley in south suburban Blue Island.

Kyjuan Tate, 27, fired his gun shortly before midnight at the Burr Oak Bowl at 3030 W. 127th St. during a fight that started in the restroom, according to a statement from Blue Island Chief of Police Geoffrey Farr.

Tate was charged with two counts of aggravated battery with a firearm and one count of attempted murder, Farr said. The bond was set during a hearing in the Markham courthouse Friday. Tate was relieved of his police powers earlier in the week.

Two people wounded in the shooting were taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, one of them with a gunshot wound to the chest, police said. Another person drove himself to a hospital with a graze wound and was discharged.

Tate was arrested at the scene, police said, and a gun recovered.

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An employee said Tate 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.

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

COPA said it was investigating the shooting along with the Blue Island Police Department.

Tate was disciplined for making “unprofessional and inappropriate” comments during LGBTQ training while he worked for the Cook County adult probation department, according to a 2019 transcript of a deposition 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 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.

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire & Chicago Sun-Times 2022. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)