High Ranking Chicago Police Officer Fatally Shot, Suspect in Custody

High Ranking Chicago Police Officer Fatally Shot, Suspect in Custody

A Chicago Police officer was shot and killed at the Thompson Center Tuesday afternoon, February 13, while he was assisting a team chasing a suspect.

The officer was shot multiple times after he "saw the offender and engaged in an armed physical confrontation", Superintendent Eddie Johnson said.

Surrounding officers quickly arrived on scene and detained the suspect as well as his weapon, leaving bystanders in shock at the site they just witnessed.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel released a statement praising Commander Bauer saying, "the hearts of every Chicagoan are heavy".

See updates here from NBC's Chicago 5. Police Department spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said charges were expected by Thursday afternoon. He had been with the specialized mounted patrol unit and was now the commander of the high profile Near North District.

High Ranking Chicago Police Officer Fatally Shot, Suspect in Custody

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

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and colleagues of the officer tragically lost in a shooting at the Thompson Center today", Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner said on Twitter. The man he was chasing had just run away from a group of tactical officers who was acting suspiciously near State and Wacker.

A news conference will take place at 4 p.m. from Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Take this rare opportunity to meet Commander Bauer, and hear from him directly as part of the 18th District's "Coffee with the Commander" initiative. "This afternoon, a CPD commander was shot while assisting fellow officers".

"They actually had us locked in Walgreens", one person in the area said. Many workers said they could not get back into the buildings.

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