Chicago Police Cmdr. Paul Bauer was on duty when fatally shot

Chicago police officers arrive for a news conference at Northwestern Memorial Hospital regarding Cmdr. Paul Bauer who was killed earlier in Chicago on Tuesday Feb. 13 2018. The off-duty police commander was shot and killed Tuesday afternoon in downtow

Bauer, 53, was shot and killed while trying to apprehend a suspect Tuesday afternoon at the Thompson Center. The Thompson Center, also known as the State of Illinois Building, is an atrium-style governmental building with commercial businesses on the first floor and a food court on the lower level.

Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson sent out an email to members of the police department, according to the Tribune: "Today, our department suffered a tragedy that it is hard to comprehend".

Johnson stated that earlier Tuesday afternoon, Chicago police saw someone "acting suspiciously" who quickly fled from the tactical officers.

Guglelmi says police have taken a person into custody for questioning but he did not know if the person is a suspect.

"They actually had us locked in Walgreens", one person in the area told CBS. The officer was transported to Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

CTA said all buses and trains are running normal near and around the Thompson Center.

Bauer was in plain clothes attire when he was shot.

Bauer was a 31-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department.

Witnesses to parts of the incident near said they heard gunshots. Within a minute, another officer said he saw the man. "So they took him with shackles and then they put him in the squad".

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago police officers attempted a street stop of a man, later found to be armed and wearing body armor under his long black coat, on the Chicago riverfront, three blocks from the eventual shooting. He was on the stretcher, there was blood and they were doing (CPR).

"Keep the family in your prayers".

Bauer joined the department in 1986 and was the commander of the department's mounted patrol unit before taking command of the Near North District.

The superintendent later told reporters that he had talked to Bauer's wife and daughter.

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