High-Ranking Chicago Police Commander Fatally Shot During Pursuit

Chicago Police Cmdr. Paul Bauer

Chicago Police Cmdr. Paul Bauer

A person who was briefed on the investigation but was not authorized to speak said Bauer was shot multiple times in the head.

A Chicago on-duty police officer was shot and killed after engaging with a suspect near the Thompson Center in downtown Chicago on Tuesday.

Published reports describe him as a 44-year-old man who has been arrested several times.

He's also been convicted of possessing a firearm with a defaced serial number.

Bauer leaves behind a wife and daughter. Paul Bauer was shot to death at the Thompson Center, Tuesday afternoon, February 13, 2018. Bauer was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital where he pronounced dead shortly after 2 p.m. Superintendent Eddie Johnson of the Chicago Police Department spoke and had to inform those gathered of Bauer's passing.

Paul Bauer gave up his life in service to the city, and his brothers and sisters in blue were paying tribute to their longtime friend Wednesday morning, a day after he was gunned down by an assailant in the Loop.

The procession travels to the Cook County medical examiner's office after Chicago Police Cmdr.

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Johnson and Mayor Rahm Emanuel both visited the station Tuesday night for an emotional roll call with the men and women reporting for their first shift without their beloved commander. Guglielmi said detectives have been combing through a vast amount of video evidence from various cameras downtown, including police surveillance cameras, taxi cameras, social media posts, and cell phone videos from witnesses. He wanted perception. When you saw him, he didn't want to be the enemy.

Bauer had recently criticized Chicago's justice system for what he saw as excessive lenience in prosecuting and jailing career criminals.

"We're not talking about the guy who stole a loaf of bread from the store to feed his family", he said in November 2017, according to the Loop North News. "Commander Bauer's intuition and understanding of the complexities of policing, combined with his open and honest approach in reporting on the issues faced in the district, helped better combat the challenges faced on the streets".

"Commander Bauer stood for the highest ideals of our police department & our city - to serve & protect the people of Chicago". We're talking about career robbers, burglars, drug dealers.

"When Paul heard the radio call, he didn't turn the other way to let someone else worry about it", Johnson said. "They need to be off the street".

"Maybe I'm jaded", said Bauer (left), "I don't think that's anything to be proud of".

"It is a hard day for us, but we will get through it", Johnson said outside the hospital where Bauer was taken.

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