The man suspected of killing Chicago police commander Paul Bauer was wearing body armor and had a long felony record. Bauer was the first Chicago officer shot to death since 2011.
The man suspected of killing a Chicago Police commander Tuesday was wearing body armor and has a long felony record, including a conviction for armed robbery, reports the Chicago Sun-Times. Paul Bauer, commander of the Near North District, was shot several times at about 2 p.m. in the downtown Loop area. Earlier in the day, he took part in “active shooter” training. Just before the shooting, tactical officers had spotted a suspicious man nearby. The man ran when the officers tried to do a “street stop” to interview him. Bauer, 53, heard the officers put out a description of the suspect on his radio.
The 44-year-old suspect’s felony record goes back to 1998, when he was charged with armed robbery. He was convicted and sentenced to 16 years in prison. In 2007, the man was charged with being a felon in possession of body armor, possession of a defaced firearm and possession of heroin. He got three years in prison on the gun charge. In 2011, he was charged with resisting an officer and battery. He was convicted of battery and given 30 days of community service. The suspect was convicted of drug possession in 2014 and received a two-year prison term. Bauer was the first Chicago officer shot to death on or off duty since 2011, and is among 13 officers shot to death since 1998. In a recent interview, Bauer talked about the monthly “Coffee with the Commander” he held with residents and business leaders in an effort to rebuild the shattered trust between citizens and police.