WGN's Ryan Burrow on shooting death of Chicago Police Cmdr. Paul Bauer

Chicago Police Cmdr. Paul Bauer

Paul Bauer killed: Off duty Chicago Police Commander gunned down helping colleagues to make arrest

Bauer was already in the Thompson Center for an active shooter drill, where police officers prepare themselves for a mass shooting incident. Flags will be lowered from sunrise Thursday, February 15 until sunset Saturday, February 17, to honor Commander Bauer.

As news of Bauer's killing spread, shocked colleagues mourned the loss of a veteran commander known as a steady leader who deftly handled the pressure of commanding police in the city's highest profile district.

"His family paid a huge debt to keep the citizens of this city safe, and we owe them", Police Supt. He choked back tears as he spoke to reporters outside Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where Bauer was pronounced dead.

Soon after, an emotional Supt.

The Chicago Police Department announced late Wednesday that Cmdr.

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.

Bauer leaves behind a wife and 13-year-old daughter. I ask the entire city for your thoughts and prayers.

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.

"He was the ideal district commander for downtown", 19th District Commander Marc Buslik told the Tribune.

"I was heartbroken", Branda said. Just last week he was in this room with a big community meeting to talk with members of the community.

Justin Thomas, who worked with Bauer, said: "Approachable, absolutely". They wanted to stop him because he matched the description of a suspect in a shooting earlier this month. It had relaxed over here a whole lot since he's been here. "But I don't think that is anything to be proud of".

Police agencies around the state issued statements regarding the officer's death, including a message from the director of the Illinois State Police. "He was just the nicest person you could ever meet, and I know it sounds cliché, but if there was a person like that, he was probably it". It's hard to lose someone in the community.

Officers also returned to the Thompson Center on Wednesday morning, showing commuters a photo of the suspect.

Already, there has been a flood of support for the fallen commander.

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