Published: Wed, February 14, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Paul Bauer (2018) Chicago Police Commander

Paul Bauer (2018) Chicago Police Commander

Chicago police say Commander Paul Bauer was off-duty listening to his police radio, and tried to help officers chase a suspect near the Thompson Center downtown Tuesday afternoon.

Cmdr. Bauer, 53, was shot while assisting a tactical team pursuing a fleeing suspect near Thompson Center at 100 W. Randolph Street around 2 p.m.

He choked back tears as he spoke to reporters outside Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where Bauer was pronounced dead.

Members of the Chicago Police Department work the scene where a possible murder suspect barricaded themselves inside a home Thursday, May 12, 2016, in Chicago.

Recently, Bauer appeared in an interview on the WCIU television show "The Jam", talking about the monthly Coffee with a Commander meetings in his district. They radioed a description that the commander heard, he said.

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"OK, is that an off-duty [police officer]?" the dispatcher said.

An officer found Bauer shot in a stairwell after apprehending the suspect and recovering his firearm. It wasn't immediately clear if the shooting occurred inside or outside the building. "Oh s--. Squad, I need somebody over here ASAP", one of the responding officers said, according to the Tribune. She said the fight initiated just outside the building near a set of emergency exit stairs.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel offered his condolences, too, calling Bauer's death 'a tragic reminder of the unsafe duty the men and women of our police department accept to ensure the safety of us all'.

"I know there is a perception out there that there is this wall, a lot of mistrust in the Police Department", he said.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and colleagues of the officer tragically lost in a shooting at the Thompson Center today", Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner said on Twitter. Then the ambulance came, about five minutes later they brought out a guy who was shot. "They taped it off, so we couldn't get out".

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