Metro-East News

Charges filed in shooting death of Chicago Police officer

Chicago Police Commander Paul Bauer was killed on duty Tuesday in The Loop.
Chicago Police Commander Paul Bauer was killed on duty Tuesday in The Loop. Provided photo

A person has been charged in the shooting death of a Chicago Police officer who was killed Tuesday during a police chase.

The suspect is a four-time convicted felon named Shomari Legghette, according to WGN News. Chicago Police scheduled a news conference for after 4:15 p.m. Wednesday to announce charges.

Police Commander Paul Bauer was shot several times while assisting a tactical team in a suspect chase on Tuesday.

The suspect is the kind of career criminal Bauer had recently mentioned in a news interview.

"They need to be off the street," said Bauer to Loop North News four months ago. "We're talking about career robbers, burglars, drug dealers."

The Chicago Tribune said Legghette had a two-decades-long criminal history; and had charges while he was out on bond, while he was on parole, and while he was serving probation.

The chase and shooting were at about 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Thompson Center in the busy Chicago Loop. Witnesses told the Chicago Tribune that they heard gunshots, saw people running, and saw a man being taken into custody.

Police agencies around the state issued statements regarding the officer's death, including a message from the director of the Illinois State Police.

“Paul and I started our law enforcement careers together in 1986 and he was an exceptional leader, friend and dedicated police officer. He was most proud, however, of being a husband to Erin and father to Grace. The ISP will never forget his sacrifice or the type of person he was," said ISP Director Leo Schmitz.