An off-duty police commander was shot and killed Tuesday afternoon in downtown Chicago after he spotted a man matching the radio description of an armed suspect officers were chasing on foot, the city's police superintendent said.
The Chicago Tribune reports that the shooter was eventually apprehended and was wearing a protective vest.
The Sun-Times reported the suspect, a 44-year old South-Sider, has a felony arrest record dating back to 1998.
Commander Bauer is survived by his wife and daughter.
Because he ran toward danger and not away from it, Bauer became the first Chicago police officer shot and killed in the line of duty since 2011, when Officer Clifton Lewis was slain during an armed robbery at a convenience store.
Bauer was immediately transported to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Cmdr. Paul Bauer, 53, went after a suspect who had an altercation with other officers and escaped, police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said.
And Father Michael Pfleger, who may have been at odds with Bauer at times over gun violence in Chicago, recalled the commander as "always a gentleman and professional", but said his death is but another tragedy for Chicago.
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Bauer's body was led out of Northwestern Hospital by a convoy of mourning cops to the medical examiner's office. The man physically fought with the officers and fled, according to Johnson.
'And everybody is scurrying all over and I see the police head to the stairs there.
"Commander Bauer stood for the highest ideals of our police department and our city", Mayor Rahm Emanuel said. We're talking about career robbers, burglars, drug dealers. His 32 years as a Chicago police officer included leading the department's Mounted Patrol Unit.
Witnesses to parts of the incident said they heard gunshots. "They need to be off the street".
"He observed the offender", Johnson said.
"I could count on Paul to come and help me with this right now", he said.
"Even when we catch somebody, there's still a long way to go to get them off the street", Bauer said at the November 14 gathering, according to a report in the Loop North News.
It was a procession marked by blue police lights and the arched ladders of two fire trucks raising the American flag above the intersection of Harrison and Leavitt.