Friday, January 14, 2022

So much for the screening process

Off-duty Chicago cop opened fire in Blue Island bowling alley, wounding three people, during drunken fight over restroom:

After getting knocked to the floor, an “intoxicated” Kyjuan Tate grabbed his gun and held it against the head of the man he was fighting at the Burr Oak Bowl at 3030 W. 127th St. in Blue Island, prosecutors said.
By David Struett, Tom Schuba, and Matthew Hendrickson Updated Jan 14, 2022, 2:15pm CST

Three people were shot by an off-duty Chicago police officer Tuesday night at Burr Oaks Bowl, 3030 W. 127th St. Blue Island. Google Maps

An off-duty Chicago police officer shot and wounded three people inside a bowling alley in Blue Island when a drunken argument over using a restroom escalated into a fist fight, according to Cook County prosecutors.

After getting knocked to the floor, Kyjuan Tate, 27, grabbed his gun and held it against 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 grazing the man’s right ear and then traveling across the room and hitting 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 manager of the bowling alley.KyJuan Tate

Tate was ordered held on $2 million bail Friday, charged with attempted murder and aggravated battery with a firearm.

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

An employee of the bowling alley said Tate had been with a party that was doing karaoke in a lounge area.

The fight started when a 46-year-old man was prevented from entering a men’s restroom 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 use the restroom again, prosecutors said.

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

Tate handed his gun to his sister and then was punched in the face by the other man, who swung at Tate four or five times, prosecutors said. The fight spilled into a lounge area 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 aimed it at the man, who told officials he could feel the gun’s barrel “pressed up to his head behind his right ear” before Tate fired, prosecutors said.

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

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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 manager’s hand at the same hospital.

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

The Civilian Office of Police Accountability has said it is investigating 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 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.

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


  1. Anonymous1/14/2022

    As someone who recently retired after being on the job for 24 years, I guarantee you that this guy is what we call a "hook" hire. Translation: He has probably been turned down for employment as a cop a few times and then called his "hook" (someone high up on the political food chain) who then made sure he not only got hired, but also graduated. The "hook" then puts out various small brush fires that come up involving the person they went to bat for because that person usually doesn't learn/cannot control themselves and/or feel they are untouchable because of their "hook". Until.........something like this happens, then the "hook" doesn't know them and someone else has to clean up the mess.
    I saw quite a few episodes such as this and I was fortunate enough to stay clear of them. From dealing with AA hires that were drunk on duty and lost equipment - like their shield and radio - to "hook" hires that refused to answer calls because they didn't feel like it, someone has their back until an episode is too ugly and usually very public. Unfortunately most of these people usually get some "time" taken from them and little else. Some of them actually get promoted into specialized units, while the average cop doing their job takes the brunt of stunts like this.

  2. Anonymous1/15/2022

    Affirmative Action Hiring means you did not make the grade or standard. A "generous" curve had to be put in place because you are clearly inferior.................

  3. Anonymous1/15/2022

    How dat diversity working out???

  4. Anonymous1/15/2022

    It used to be that any issues involving guns, drugs or domestic violence would scratch you from the eligibility lists. Police officer candidates would also take the MMPI personality inventory questionnaire to determine tendencies towards substance abuse, integrity, hypochondria and tendency to call off. All that got tossed when alderman with certain constituencies beefed that those people in their wards were being deemed unsuitable for the day to day rigors of being the police. At a city council hearing, a few agencies administering the MMPI had their contracts suspended. Next the courts allowed applicants with criminal histories to have them expunged. Court interference in the screening process provided Academy classes with experienced criminals who were allowed to go through police training. And once that probationary period of one year is completed, and union representation kicks in, its hell to unload the bad apples. I never cared for Superintendent Bryczak (sp?) when he ran the department but the one thing he said that made sense was if you're going out and drinking, leave the gun at home. More off duty shit jams police officers up. And they keep repeating it.

    1. Anonymous1/16/2022

      When I went through in 81, it was booze, broads and bonds that always got guys in trouble. Nowadays its still booze, broads and now facebook or twitter

  5. Anonymous1/15/2022

    Make way for DUKE!!

    1. Anonymous1/15/2022

      Tales of the MULE!!