On Tuesday a Chicago police commander, who according to the Chicago Tribune had complained about the difficulty of keeping violent criminals off the streets, was fatally shot while pursuing a suspect in downtown.
Chicago police commander Paul Bauer, 53, was gunned down while pursuing a suspect who was fleeing from officers who had attempted to stop him, Chicago police officials said.
Bauer was a thirty-one-year veteran who was in the area for training and a meeting with a local alderman, confronted the suspect before he opened fire on the officer, striking Bauer multiple times, police said.
ABC News reported law enforcement authorities had arrested a suspect and a weapon was recovered at the scene, according to Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson.
Bauer’s was transported to Northwester Hospital were he was pronounced dead, his body was later led out of the hospital by a convoy of law enforcement officials to the medical examiner’s office.
Bauer, a married father of a 13-year-old daughter, is the first law enforcement officer in Chicago to be shot and killed since 2011. He is also the highest-ranking police officer killed in decades.
Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner offered thoughts and prayers to “the family and colleagues of the officer tragically lost in a shooting at the Thompson Center today,” later honoring Bauer by name.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel also offered his condolences on social media, asking “every Chicagoan” to keep Bauer’s family “in their thoughts and prayers.”
(Crusader Journal Staff)