BELLEVILLE, Ill. — Police said three people were hurt in a fight that escalated to a shooting Sunday morning in Belleville, and police say the suspected shooter was an off-duty Illinois police officer.
The Belleville Police Department is investigating what happened near Main Street at about 2 a.m. that left two victims with graze wounds and one man with a non-life-threatening gunshot wound.
The suspect, Khalind D. Hayes, 27, of Fairview Heights, was taken into custody. According to a statement from the Madison Police Department, Hayes has been at the Madison Police Department since December 2020 and is currently on unpaid administrative leave.
The initial investigation showed two groups of people had a verbal confrontation in a local business that reignited outside later that night.
The Hayes and the victim got into a physical fight near Main and North Charles streets. The suspect fired shots at the other group, police said.
A male victim was struck in the buttocks and two women were grazed by bullets. They were taken to the hospital and later released.
Police said Hayes called to turn himself in shortly after the shooting. He was taken into custody at police headquarters.
Hayes is facing three counts of aggravated battery with a firearm. His bond was set at $250,000.
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