Chicago Police Commander Shot to Death While Helping Team Respond to Robbery at Thompson Center

Chicago Police Commander Paul Bauer was fatally shot after chasing a suspect Tuesday afternoon in the city’s downtown business center. (Fox News)

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.

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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.”

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 Police guard the crime scene after an off-duty Chicago police officer was 
shot Tuesday afternoon. (Fox News)

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

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