An off-duty officer with the Chicago Police Department has died after he was “senselessly murdered” in a downtown building Tuesday afternoon, police said.
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.
CHICAGO POLICE OFFICER SHOT DEAD: Police confirm Commander Bauer shot multiple times this afternoon. Chasing a suspect across from City Hall. pic.twitter.com/D65pME0zYD
— Matt Finn (@MattFinnFNC) February 13, 2018
Bauer, 53, had spotted a man matching the radio description of an armed suspect when he “engaged in an armed physical confrontation,” around 2 p.m., Johnson said.
The superintendent said that while “any loss of life in this city is tragic, today is difficult.”
Commander Paul Bauer
End of watch: February 13, 2018 . pic.twitter.com/fdVdz618fA
— Chicago Police (@Chicago_Police) February 13, 2018
After the shooting, Bauer was transported to Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Fox 32 Chicago reported the commander was shot in a stairwell of the Thompson Center in the city’s downtown business center.
Sources told Fox News that police seemed to be responding to a robbery but it’s unclear what the suspect was doing that prompted officers to want to speak with him.
A “person of interest” has been taken into custody, police said.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said “Bauer stood for the highest ideals of our police department & our city—to serve and protect the people of Chicago.”
Bauer was a 31-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department.
SOURCE: Fox News – Nicole Darrah, Matt Finn; The Associated Press