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Chicago police commander fatally shot at state office building

Police guard the crime scene after an off-duty Chicago police officer was shot at the James R. Thompson Center, in Chicago, Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018. Spokesman Anthony Guglielmi says the off-duty officer was shot around 2 p.m. Tuesday at the James R. Thompson Center. Guglielmi says the preliminary information is that the shooting happened just outside the building. The officer was transported to Northwestern Memorial Hospital.
Police guard the crime scene after an off-duty Chicago police officer was shot at the James R. Thompson Center, in Chicago, Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018. Spokesman Anthony Guglielmi says the off-duty officer was shot around 2 p.m. Tuesday at the James R. Thompson Center. Guglielmi says the preliminary information is that the shooting happened just outside the building. The officer was transported to Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Chicago Tribune via AP

A high-ranking Chicago police officer was fatally shot Tuesday at the Thompson Center downtown, a department spokesperson posted on Twitter.

Commander Paul Bauer, 53, of the Near North District, was shot several times as he was assisting a tactical team that was chasing a suspect, police Superintendent Eddie Johnson told the Chicago Tribune. A suspect was taken into custody and a gun was recovered.

Officers had stopped the suspect for questioning, but the suspect took off running. The tactical team radioed a description of the suspect that Bauer heard and responded to, according to the Tribune. Bauer confronted him, then he opened fire.

Johnson sent out an email to members of his department, according to the Chicago Tribune.

"Today, our department suffered a tragedy that it is difficult to comprehend. This afternoon, a CPD commander was shot while assisting fellow officers. Information is still coming in at this time, but I wanted you to know as soon as possible. We will provide additional details as they come. Please take the time to keep his family in your thoughts and prayers. Stay safe."





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