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Chicago Police Cmdr. Paul Bauer shot to death at Thompson Center in Loop
Source: Chicago Tribune
A high-ranking Chicago police officer was shot to death at the Thompson Center Tuesday afternoon while assisting a tactical team who were chasing a suspect, police said.
Commander Paul Bauer of the Near North District was shot several times a little before 2 p.m., according to police Superintendent Eddie Johnson. He said a suspect was taken into custody and a gun recovered.
“It’s a difficult day for us, but we’ll get through it,” Johnson told reporters outside Northwestern Hospital, where Bauer had been taken.
Bauer, 53, joined the department in 1986 and worked all across the city over his career – from the South Side to the specialized mounted patrol unit to his current position as commander of the busy and high-profile Near North District.
Bauer was shot after a suspect started running from tactical officers who had attempted to stop him for questioning, according to Johnson. They radioed a description that Bauer heard and responded to, he said. Bauer confronted the suspect, who opened fire.
Police radio traffic caught the moments before the shooting, including a warning from one of the pursuing officers, “Don’t anybody get hurt. We just wanted to do a street stop on him.”