Published: Wed, February 14, 2018

Veteran Chicago police officer fatally shot in busy Loop area

Veteran Chicago police officer fatally shot in busy Loop area

Chicago Police officials told the Chicago Tribune that a police commander was shot and killed on Tuesday as he was assisting a tactical unit responding to a robbery in Downtown Chicago.

The shooting occurred at the Thompson Centre, a building in downtown Chicago that hosts government offices.

"It's a hard day for us, but we'll get through it", Johnson told the Chicago Tribune. Superintendent Johnson said it started when officers on routine patrol "observed an individual acting suspiciously", and walked up to him to try to talk to him.

The suspect, who was not identified, was arrested and a weapon was recovered, police chief Eddie Johnson said. Then the ambulance came, about five minutes later they brought out a guy who was shot. He was rushed to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where he died.

CTA said all buses and trains are running normal near and around the Thompson Center. Police said that's when the suspect shot him several times, fatally wounding the commander.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel lauded Bauer, a 31-year department veteran, as standing for "the highest ideals of our police department and our city".

She told the paper that she saw officers lead the shackled suspect away and put him in a squad auto, and then watched as emergency workers administered CPR to Bauer, who was lying on a stretcher, before he was put inside an ambulance and rushed to the hospital.

Witnesses to parts of the incident near said they heard gunshots. ABC7 Chicago's I-Team learned the officer was shot twice in the head. "We just wanted to do a street stop on him and he took off on me". "It was just hysteria", she said.

Johnson said he's spoken with Bauer's wife and daughter and asked for the city to keep them in its thoughts.

The 53-year old Bauer became one of 22 of the department's district commanders in 2016.

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