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Chicago police officer dies after being shot multiple times

Chicago Police Commander Paul Bauer was fatally shot after a chase of a suspect Tuesday afternoon in the city is the center of business center.

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An off-duty officer with the Chicago Police department has died after he was “senselessly murdered” in a downtown building Tuesday afternoon, police said.

Commander Paul Bauer, of the 18th Arrondissement of paris, was chasing a suspect when he was “shot multiple times,” Police Inspector Eddie Johnson said at a press conference.

CHICAGO police officer SHOT and killed: the Police confirms Commander Bauer shot multiple times this afternoon. A chase of a suspect across the City Hall. pic.twitter.com/D65pME0zYD

— Matt Finn (@MattFinnFNC) February 13, 2018

Johnson stated that earlier Tuesday afternoon, the Chicago police saw someone “suspicious”, which quickly fled from the tactical officers. A description of the suspect was broadcast on the police radio, and when Bauer, who off-duty, saw the offender, he reportedly approached the individual.

The inspector has said that “loss of life in this city is tragic, today is difficult.”

18th Dist Cmdr. Paul Bauer – a 31-year veteran of the CPD, was senselessly murdered today, while the protection of Chicago. Cmdr. Bauer was assisting the officers in the investigation of a suspicious person when he was fatally shot. Person of interest is in custody. pic.twitter.com/EI9nmypYLH

— Chicago Police (@Chicago_Police) February 13, 2018

After the shooting, Bauer was transported to Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Fox 32 Chicago reported the commander was shot in a stairwell of the Thompson Center in the heart of the city business centre.

Sources told Fox News that the police seemed to react to a robbery, and the fallen officer was shot and killed when he chased the suspect.

Chicago Police wait for the crime scene after an off-duty Chicago police officer was shot Tuesday afternoon.

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A “person” is taken into custody, police said.

Bauer was a 31-year veteran of the Chicago Police department.

Fox News’ Matt Finn and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Nicole Darrah cover breaking and trending news for FoxNews.com. Follow her on Twitter @nicoledarrah.

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