BLOOMINGDALE – A Glendale Heights man has been charged with shooting a loss prevention officer June 12 outside Burlington Coat Factory at Stratford Square Mall in Bloomingdale after getting kicked out of the store.
Keonte Griffin, 23, of the 300 block of Thorncliff Drive, is charged with aggravated battery with a firearm and possession of a weapon by a felon. He is in custody in the DuPage County Jail on a $750,000 bond.
The loss prevention officer is expected to make a full recovery, according to a news release from the DuPage County State's Attorney's Office.
At about 1:28 p.m. June 12, officers with the Bloomingdale Police Department were dispatched to the Stratford Square Mall for a report of shots fired, the release stated.
Upon their arrival, officers found both the loss prevention officer and Griffin suffering from gunshot wounds, according to the release. The officer had been shot once in the shoulder, and Griffin had been shot once through his hand and into his thigh, the release stated.
Prior to the arrival of police, the officer had escorted Griffin from the store after he allegedly urinated into a bottle while in a changing room and then kicked the bottle over, spilling the contents, according to the release. Griffin allegedly wanted to return to the store but was prohibited from doing so by the officer, the release stated.
Griffin allegedly then pulled a loaded gun and shot the victim, according to the release. A brief struggle ensued, resulting in the suspect being shot. Both men received treatment for their injuries, the released stated.
Griffin’s next court appearance is set for June 19.