Awful: Chicago Shooting Claims Police Commander, Highest Ranking Officer Death In Decades

Police guard the scene where Chicago Police Department commander Paul Bauer was fatally shot Tuesday afternoon.- JOHN J. KIM  CHICAGO TRIBUNE VIA AP

Bauer, a 31-year veteran, encountered the individual and was shot several times, Johnson said.

Bauer was the first Chicago police officer shot dead since 2011 and one of 379 since the department's founding in 1855.

The Chicago Tribune reports that the shooter was eventually apprehended and was wearing a protective vest. "He wife, daughter, family, the entire law enforcement community are in our prayers as they mourn this tragic loss".

A Chicago Police officer speaks a with a pedestrian at the scene where an on-duty officer was shot while assisting a tactical team at a state government office building, February 13, 2018, in Chicago.

Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson (front) prepares to speak to the press outside Northwestern Memorial Hospital following the shooting death of Cmdr.

Officials said Commander Bauer was in the area when he heard the radio call, and attempted to detain the suspect.

Shortly after that, officers on foot and horseback saluted as a procession of more than a dozen police vehicles pulled away from the hospital to accompany the ambulance on its way to the Cook County medical examiner's office. The suspect, who has not been named pending charges, is a 44-year-old man from the South Side with a felony record going back to 1998, according to court records and police sources. "This is how I look at it, I want them off the street", he told residents.

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Johnson says the suspect was taken into custody and a gun was recovered at the scene.

"We're not talking about the guy that stole a loaf of bread from the store to feed his family", Bauer told the Loop North News past year, according to the Tribune.

Outside the Thompson Center is a memorial to Chicago Police Comdr. We're talking about career robbers, burglars, drug dealers.

Surrounding officers quickly arrived on scene and detained the suspect as well as his weapon, leaving bystanders in shock at the site they just witnessed. "They need to be off the street". "Maybe I'm jaded, I don't think that's anything to be proud of", 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. He arrived in Chicago around 7 p.m. and headed straight to a meeting with Johnson, the mayor's staff said.

Chicago's continuing battle with criminal violence is illustrated by the fact he was not the only shooting victim in the long-suffering city on Tuesday.

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