Chicago police commander fatally shot at state office building

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The shooting death of a police commander near a state government office building gripped parts of downtown Chicago as emergency workers tried to save the department veteran at the scene and officers shackled the suspect.

Bauer was off-duty at a training session at the Thompson Center when he heard on police radio that a suspect had run from tactical officers who were trying to question the man.

Bauer, 53, was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Bauer "saw the offender and engaged in an armed physical confrontation", Superintendent Eddie Johnson said.

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

"CPD Commander Paul Bauer was on duty when he was murdered this afternoon", Guglielmi said.

He was the commander of the 18th district on the Near North side, which includes some prominent neighborhoods, WLS reported.

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Moments later, officers discovered Bauer in a stairwell. The dispatcher asked, repeatedly, over the course of more than three minutes for the officer to come back on the air. It wasn't immediately clear if the shooting occurred inside or outside the building. In this photo, a police officer guards an entrance to Antioch Community High School during the visitation and funeral of slain Fox Lake police officer Lt. Joe Gliniewicz in Fox Lake, Illinois, Sept. 7, 2015.

"The hearts of every Chicagoan are heavy as we mourn the loss of Commander Paul Bauer", Mayor of Chicago Rahm Emanuel said, local news outlet WGN 9 reported. Other officers on the foot chase arrested the accused shooter, and he was captured on video being put in a police vehicle. "I think it's just, just a tragedy man, I wouldn't wish that fate in anybody", Justin Thomas said.

"I just asked the citizens of the city to keep the Bauer family in their prayers".

In a video posted on YouTube past year for a community news program on an independent television station, the commander spoke of his efforts in his district to connect with the community through monthly coffees.

"They actually had us locked in Walgreens", one person in the area said.

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

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