On Tuesday afternoon, an off-duty police commander was shot and killed in downtown Chicago after he spotted a man matching the radio description of an armed suspect officer were chasing on foot, according to the city’s police superintendent.
Cmdr. Paul Bauer was shot multiple times after he “saw the offender and engaged in an armed physical confrontation,” Superintendent Eddie Johnson said.
The incident took place near the James R. Thompson Center, the state government office building.
“I was walking down the street and I heard ‘pop pop pop pop pop,’“ Noreen Danko, who was walking to her office nearby, told the Chicago Tribune. “And I said to the girl next to me, ‘Is that what I think it is?’ And she said ‘Yep.’ I said ‘Aw geez.’ And everybody is scurrying all over and I see the police head to the stairs there. There’s a stairwell there. And it goes downstairs. I heard that the door is locked there. It used to be a pedway, but now, for security reasons they have it locked.”
“I just ask the citizens of this city to keep the Bauer family in their prayers,” Johnson said before he turned and left the briefing.