A high-ranking Chicago police commander was shot to death at a state government building in the city’s busy downtown district Tuesday, authorities said.
Paul Bauer, the commander of the Windy City’s 18th District, was off-duty and assisting a tactical team responding to a robbery at the Thompson Center when he was shot shortly before 2 p.m., spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said.
“Keep the family in your prayers. I ask the entire city for their thoughts and prayers,” police superintendent Eddie Johnson told reporters with tears in his eyes.
The 53-year-old commander was rushed to a nearby hospital after the shooting but could not be saved, Johnson said. A male suspect was taken into custody and a gun was recovered at the scene, he added.
Mayer Rahm Emanuel lauded Bauer, a 31-year department veteran, as standing for “the highest ideals of our police department and our city.”
“His death is a tragic reminder of the dangerous duty the men and women of our police department accept to ensure the safety of us all,” Emanuel said in a statement.
Chicago resident Noreen Janko witnessed the chaotic shooting.
“I heard the gunshots go off, about five shots, and then the stairs there to the pedway, I think they have the guy cornered because they lock those doors down there,” Janko said. “So they took him with shackles and then they put him in the squad. Then the ambulance came, about five minutes later they brought out a guy who was shot. He was on the stretcher, there was blood and they were doing (CPR).”
With News Wire Services