Governor Orders Flags at Half-Staff in Memory of Fallen Police Commander

Paul Bauer. courtesy of Chicago police

Paul Bauer. courtesy of Chicago police

Another physical confrontation escalated, and the man shot Bauer multiple times.

A Chicago police commander was shot and killed while trying to apprehend a suspect in downtown portion of the city (aka The Loop). Legghette has also been charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm, armed violence and possession of narcotics.

Bauer leaves behind a wife and daughter. No officer as high ranking as him has been killed since 1981 when Chicago's number two cop was murdered in a downtown bar. Superintendent Eddie Johnson of the Chicago Police Department spoke and had to inform those gathered of Bauer's passing.

"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.

Hours later, a procession was organized, where Bauer's fellow officers marched with blue lights as the body was brought to the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office.

There were initial media reports that the man may have been involved in the robbery of a local business, but Johnson did not provide details about what the man was doing that prompted officers to want to speak with him. "He loved his family, he loved the Police Department, he loved the neighborhood of Bridgeport and he loved the city of Chicago", Emanuel said, according to the Chicago Tribune. He heard the call over the radio and pursued the suspect on foot into a stairwell at Chicago's Thompson Center, according to police.

The suspect who shot Bauer was taken into custody, and police have said they expect to file charges by Thursday afternoon.

"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.

"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.

Bauer, a 31-year department veteran who heard a description of the suspect over police radio, was nearby. We're talking about career robbers, burglars, drug dealers. After they fell down the stairs, seven gunshots could be heard on video police obtained from the scene. "They need to be off the street".

He said there was a "high bar to prosecution" when it came to career offenders and he wanted to see more of them in jail.

Tuesday evening, firefighters at a station near Bauer's police district headquarters lowered their flags to half-staff.

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