Illinois man killed half-brother by shooting him in the head during heated family argument over COVID-19 vaccines, police say

Larry D. Cavitt (pictured) allegedly used a 9mm pistol to shoot his half-brother. Getty Images, Massac County Sheriff's Office
Police say that a half-brother shot and killed a corrections officer after arguing over COVID-19 vaccinations.

Larry Cavitt (68) is accused of first-degree murder as well as aggravated battery using a firearm.

Johnson County Sheriff said that there had not been any physical altercation prior to the "senseless shooting."

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Inside Edition reported that an Illinois man used a 9mm semiautomatic handgun to kill his half-brother during heated arguments over COVID-19 vaccinations.

According to an Illinois State Police news release, Larry D. Cavitt (68) is accused of first-degree murder as well as aggravated battery using a firearm.

Police said Joseph E. Geyman (51-year-old corrections officer) died of injuries from gunfire.

According to the Associated Press, Johnson County Sheriff Pete Sopczak stated that half-brothers were arguing over coronavirus vaccines late on Saturday night (August 28). Cavitt then allegedly pulled out a gun and shot Geyman.

Sopczak stated that there had not been any physical altercation prior to the "senseless shooting."

Police said Cavitt was initially held at Massac County Jail. However, he was released on Tuesday after posting bond. The Southern Illinoisian reported that the bond was set at $750,000 and Cavitt must not possess firearms. He also has to keep away from Geyman and his children.

Cavitt's next court appearance is scheduled for September 15, when he will appear at a preliminary hearing.

Geyman, a father of four, was described in Facebook tributes as "good-hearted", hard-working and talented.

According to The Southern Illinoisian, Sopczak stated that Joe Geyman was "one of the greatest guys around".

His funeral was held on Friday.

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