The Latest: Off-duty Chicago police officer fatally shot
CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on the shooting of a Chicago Police officer (all times local):
Chicago's police chief says a high-ranking member of the department has died after being shot at a state government building downtown.
Superintendent Eddie Johnson told reporters that Cmdr. Paul Bauer was shot several times. He was off-duty when he went to assist tactical officers pursuing a fleeing suspect near the James R. Thompson Center shortly after 2 p.m. Tuesday.
18th Dist Cmdr. Paul Bauer - a 31 year veteran of the CPD - was senselessly murdered today while safeguarding Chicago. Cmdr. Bauer was assisting officers in apprehending a suspicious person when he was fatally shot. Person of interest is in custody. pic.twitter.com/lwLGMBY27i— Anthony Guglielmi (@AJGuglielmi) February 13, 2018
Johnson says the suspect was taken into custody and a gun was recovered at the scene.
Bauer was rushed to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead a short time later.
A Chicago police spokesman says an officer has been shot while assisting a tactical team at a state government office building downtown.
Spokesman Anthony Guglielmi says the off-duty officer was shot around 2 p.m. Tuesday at the James R. Thompson Center. Guglielmi says the preliminary information is that the shooting happened just outside the building. The officer was transported to Northwestern Memorial Hospital.
Guglelmi says police have taken a person into custody for questioning but he did not know if the person is a suspect.
Guglielmi did not have any other details about the shooting, the officer's name or the officer's condition. He says that Superintendent Eddie Johnson is on his way to the Thompson Center.