Larry D. Cavitt, pictured, allegedly used a 9mm handgun to shoot his half-brother.
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  • A corrections officer was shot and killed by his half-brother following an argument over Covid-19 vaccines, police say.
  • Larry Cavitt, 68, is charged with first-degree murder and aggravated battery with the use of a firearm.
  • There had been no physical altercation before the "senseless" shooting, Johnson County's sheriff said.
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An Illinois man allegedly used a 9mm semi-automatic handgun to shoot his half-brother in the head during a heated argument over Covid-19 vaccinations, Inside Edition reported.

Larry D. Cavitt, 68, is charged with first-degree murder and aggravated battery with the use of a firearm, according to a news release by Illinois State Police.

Joseph E. Geyman, a 51-year-old corrections officer, died from injuries sustained by gunfire, police said.

Johnson County Sheriff Pete Sopczak said that the half-brothers, who were also neighbours, argued over coronavirus vaccines late Saturday night (28 August) before Cavitt allegedly took out a gun and shot Geyman, Associated Press reported.

There had been no physical altercation before the "senseless" shooting, Sopczak said.

Cavitt was initially in custody at Massac County jail, police said, but he was released from jail on Tuesday after he posted bond. The bond was set at $750,000 (R11 million) during a hearing on Monday, and requires Cavitt to possess no firearms and to stay away from Geyman's wife and children, The Southern Illinoisian reported.

Cavitt's next court appearance, a preliminary hearing, is set to take place on 15 September.

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

"Joe Geyman was one of the greatest guys around," Sopczak said, according to The Southern Illinoisian.

His funeral took place on Friday.

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