Published: Wed, February 14, 2018
World | By Paul Elliott

Off-duty police officer fatally shot at Thompson Center ID'd

Off-duty police officer fatally shot at Thompson Center ID'd

A veteran, off-duty Chicago police officer was gunned down Tuesday afternoon while trying to help with an arrest in the busy downtown district.

Spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said the off-duty officer was shot around 2 p.m. Tuesday at the James R. Thompson Center.

Police say Bauer was able to catch up to the suspect, but they pulled a gun and opened fire, hitting Bauer several times.

Cmdr. Bauer was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

"It's a hard day for us, but we'll get through it", Johnson told the Chicago Tribune. "They took the perp into custody very fast", one witness, who was in the lower-level food court, said. Gugliemi said on Twitter the officer was shot by "an assailant". An armed physical confrontation ensued and Bauer was shot multiple times, he added.

Officers said over the radio that the suspect took off running.

A different officer came on the air and said they found the suspect and had him in handcuffs.

Bauer was at the James R. Thompson Center, which houses IL government offices, and saw the suspect.

And on Wednesday, Richardson (Texas) Police Officer David Sherrard, 37, was shot and killed while responding to a disturbance at an apartment complex.

Officers on site immediately issued a radio warning, and provided a description of the perpetrator. The I-Team has learned the officer was shot twice in the head. He was on the stretcher, there was blood and they were doing (CPR). She said the fight initiated just outside the building near a set of emergency exit stairs.

"I was walking down the street and I heard 'pop-pop-pop-pop-pop, ' " Janko said.

Bauer joined the department in 1986 and was the commander of the department's mounted patrol unit before taking command of the Near North District. Information is still coming in at this time, but I wanted you to know as soon as possible.

'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. He is survived by his wife and two daughters.

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