Chicago Police Officer Shot, Killed After Responding to Chase While Off Duty

14 February, 2018, 18:16 | Author: Dustin Murphy
  • Chicago police commander was shot and killed at the Thompson Center in the Loop

A Chicago police spokesman says an officer has been shot while assisting a tactical team at a state government office building downtown.

Commander Paul Bauer, of the 18th District, was chasing a suspect when he was "shot multiple times", Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said at a news conference. It wasn't immediately clear if the shooting occurred inside or outside the building.

"It's a hard day for us, but we'll get through it", police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said outside the hospital.

Patrol officers had approached a man in the street last afternoon who was described as acting suspiciously.

A "person of interest" has been taken into custody, police said.

"They actually had us locked in Walgreens", one person in the area told CBS.


Bauer was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital with a chest wound.

CTA said all buses and trains are running normal near and around the Thompson Center. "This afternoon, a CPD commander was shot while assisting fellow officers".

Bauer, 53, was a 31-year veteran of the department. The I-Team has learned the officer was shot twice in the head. Officers Anthony Morelli, 54, and Eric Joering, 39, were shot and killed by a man, police say, shouldn't have been able to have a gun due to felony convictions.

A witness told the Chicago Tribune she heard around five shots. She said the fight initiated just outside the building near a set of emergency exit stairs.

During his tenure in the Near North District, Bauer spoke publicly about trying to rebuild trust in the community but also the frustration he felt about the "high bar to prosecution" when it came to career offenders.

"I ask the citizens of this city keep the Bauer family in their prayers", Johnson said, adding that he would meet with his wife and daughter.

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