Chicago Police Commander Killed on Busy Downtown Block

In Chicago, some people who saw the immediate aftermath of the shooting described a confused scene with people yelling in addition to police swarming the area.

“People were shouting at each some other, because people thought the item was a riot, in addition to so did we,” said Gloria Schmidt, who said she had been inside a nearby courthouse in addition to came outside shortly after the shooting. “the item was just hysteria,” she said.

Ms. Schmidt’s husband, Jorge Rodriguez, said he saw a man being taken into custody outside the James R. Thompson Center, a Chicago landmark which houses state government offices in addition to a food court which is actually common with downtown workers.


Police officers guard the scene in downtown Chicago where an off-duty police commander was fatally shot while assisting a tactical team outside a state government office building.

John J. Kim/Chicago Tribune, via Associated Press

“They just seemed to be searching him in addition to taking off articles of clothing,” Mr. Rodriguez said.

Many details of the encounter remained unclear. Superintendent Johnson said the item started out when officers on routine patrol “observed an individual acting suspiciously,” in addition to walked up to him to try to talk to him.

The man fled, the police said, in addition to Commander Bauer, who was nearby, heard officers giving the suspect’s description over the police radio. When the commander spotted the suspect, Superintendent Johnson said, “an armed physical confrontation ensued” in addition to the commander was shot more than once. Superintendent Johnson said the police arrested a suspect in addition to found a gun.

Commander Bauer, who worked for the police department for 31 years, was the highest-ranking officer within the city’s Near North police district, which includes tourist attractions like the Magnificent Mile shopping area in addition to Navy Pier.

Commander Bauer’s death prompted an outpouring of sympathy by elected officials, including Gov. Bruce Rauner of Illinois, who has an office near where the shooting occurred, in addition to Mayor Rahm Emanuel of Chicago, who has faced pressure to reduce the city’s high homicide rate.

“The hearts of every Chicagoan are heavy,” Mr. Emanuel said in a statement.

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