UPDATE 2: CPD identified the suspect in Tuesday’s shooting of a high ranking Chicago Police Commander outside the Thompson Center as Shomari Legghette. Legghete, who is scheduled to appear in court on Thursday morning has been charged with first-degree murder of a police officer, aggravated use of a weapon by a felon and drug charges.
UPDATE: The Chicago Police Commander killed in the shooting outside of the Thompson Center on Tuesday has been identified as 53-year-old Paul R. Bauer.
February 13, 2018 A Chicago Police Commander was shot and killed Tuesday afternoon outside the Thompson Center in the city’s Loop.
Chicago Police spokesman, Anthony Guglielmi said the officer was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in very critical condition but later died.
The Chicago Police District Commander was assisting a tactical team at the busy intersection of Randolph and Clark Street when a suspect shot him. According to a TIME report the police officer was off duty at the time of the shooting.
Chicago Police have arrested a suspect in connection to the shooting. No further information about the identity of the fallen officer was released. Chicago Police Department Superintendent Eddie Johnson is said to be en route to the Thompson Center.
Tuesday’s Police Officer Shooting comes just days after two Ohio police officers were shot and killed after responding to a 911 hang-up call. The Chicago Police Department Facebook page on Monday paid tribute to six brave police officers who were killed in the line of duty in the last 14 days —including the two in Ohio, and others in Texas and Georgia. The Facebook post paid tribute to the six officers who “fathfully and bravely fulfilled their oath to serve and protect.” Along with photographs of the officers the post stated:
“Sadly, each of them lost their lives as they protected their communities from those who would do good people harm.”
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Cynthia Hodges holds a M.A. in Political Science from NEIU in Chicago, Illinois and a Post-Grad Professional Certificate in Disaster and Terrorism Management from University of North Carolina -Chapel Hill. In addition to a successful writing career, Cynthia is in the process of writing a book on the role of private security guards as first responders in the post 9/11 America. "My career has been a balance of security and education, and my passion for Homeland Security while protecting individual's Constitutional rights has grown as a result of the two."