Off-Duty Chicago Police Officer Shoots 3 in Suburban Bowling Alley

A file photo shows a crime scene blocked off by the Chicago Police Department. (WTTW News)A file photo shows a crime scene blocked off by the Chicago Police Department. (WTTW News)

A probationary Chicago police officer who was off duty shot three people at a suburban bowling alley Tuesday night, according to the agency that investigates police shootings.

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The Civilian Office of Police Accountability on Wednesday said it had responded to a shooting that occurred just before midnight Tuesday night involving an off-duty Chicago Police Department officer, which occurred at Burr Oak Bowl in the 3000 block of West 127th in south surburban Blue Island.

COPA said the off-duty officer discharged his firearm following an “altercation.”

“It is our understanding that three people were struck by gunfire as a result and we will be working with authorities in the Blue Island Police Department as we conduct our investigation,” COPA spokesperson Ephraim Eaddy said in a statement.


In a statement, the CPD said the officer “was relieved of his police powers” after he was taken into custody by the Blue Island Police Department.

Two of the victims were transported to the hospital, one of whom suffered a gunshot wound to the chest. The third victim drove himself to the hospital with a superficial graze wound. He has since been discharged from the hospital.

According to the Blue Island Police Department, two people were taken into custody at the bowling alley.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to contact Blue Island detectives at 708-396-7020.

Contact Matt Masterson: @ByMattMasterson[email protected] | (773) 509-5431


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