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Police commander shot dead at Chicago government building

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Paul Bauer. courtesy of Chicago police

He says that Superintendent Eddie Johnson is on his way to the Thompson Center.

Recently, Bauer appeared in an interview on the WCIU television show "The Jam", talking about the monthly Coffee with a Commander meetings in his district.

When the commander spotted the suspect, Superintendent Johnson said, "an armed physical confrontation ensued" and the commander was shot several times. A suspect has been arrested and a gun has been recovered.

Commander Paul Bauer, 53, was struck multiple times and died from his wounds at a hospital yesterday.

A 31-year-veteran of the Chicago Police Department made the ultimate sacrifice, while serving his community.

'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. Bauer confronted him, then he opened fire.

Charges were pending Wednesday morning against the man suspected of fatally shooting Chicago Police Cmdr.

Tactical officers were on routine patrol Tuesday and observed an "individual" acting suspiciously around 2:30 p.m.

"There's a radio laying (sic) next to him". Officers Anthony Morelli, 54, and Eric Joering, 39, were shot and killed by a man, police say, shouldn't have been able to have a gun due to felony convictions.

"I heard the gunshots go off, about five shots, and then the stairs there to the pedway, I think they have the guy cornered because they lock those doors down there", Janko said. "We just wanted to do a street stop on him and he took off on me".

"His death is a tragic reminder of the risky duty the men and women of our police department accept to ensure the safety of us all", Emanuel said in a statement. He was on the stretcher, there was blood and they were doing (CPR).

"They actually had us locked in Walgreens", one person in the area said. He is survived by his wife and two daughters.

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