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Police commander shot dead at Chicago government building

AFP  |  Chicago 

A high-ranking police was shot dead in a downtown government building after engaging in a firefight with a man who had been acting suspiciously, authorities said.

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

The suspect, who was not identified, was arrested and a weapon was recovered, said.

"It's a difficult day for us," Johnson told a conference, fighting back tears.

Patrol officers had approached a man in the street last afternoon who was described as acting suspiciously. The man physically fought with the officers and fled, according to Johnson.

Bauer, a 31-year department veteran who heard a description of the suspect over police radio, was nearby.

"He observed the offender," Johnson said. "An armed physical confrontation ensued."

The shooting occurred on the lowest floor of the Thompson Center, a busy state government building where dozens of agencies are located.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and colleagues of the tragically lost in a shooting at the today," said on

Added Rahm Emanuel: "(Bauer's) death is a tragic reminder of the dangerous duty the men and women of our police department accept to ensure the safety of us all.

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First Published: Wed, February 14 2018. 06:15 IST