Chicago Police Commander from 18th District Shot, Killed Helping Tactical Team While Off Duty

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Chicago Police Department Superintendent Eddie Johnson announced at 4:10 p.m. Tuesday, February 13, 2018 that off-duty Chicago Police Commander Paul R. Bauer was assisting a tactical team, and was shot and killed while assisting them at the Thompson Center earlier Tuesday afternoon.

Commander Bauer — a 31-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department — was off-duty when he heard on a police radio channel the description of a suspicious suspect that had fled from a tactical team. The tactical team was possibly investigating an attempted robbery at a nearby Starbucks.

Bauer sighted the suspect matching the description about 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 13, 2018. An altercation with weapons occurred, and Bauer was mortally wounded. The high ranking police officer from the 18th District was shot and killed by an assailant following the foot pursuit from an engagement with a police tactical unit that began about 1:45 p.m. — possibly on Monroe Street.

Commander Bauer was found in a basement stairwell, and was transported in traumatic cardiac arrest by Chicago Fire Department paramedics to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Witnesses reported seeing the police officer treated with CPR chest compressions as he was transferred from a basement stairwell to an awaiting ambulance — Chicago Fire Department Ambulance 42.

A precession from Northwestern Memorial Hospital to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office was expected to transport the body this afternoon.

CPD Commander Paul BauerCPD Commander Paul Bauer.

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