An officer shot while assisting a tactical team at a state government office building downtown has died.
Spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said the off-duty officer was shot around 2 p.m. Tuesday at the James R. Thompson Center, 100 W. Randolph. The officer was transported to Northwestern Memorial Hospital. The victim was found in a stairwell. The I-Team has learned the officer was shot twice in the head. He was initially taken to the hospital in a “code red” critical condition.
Gugliemi said on Twitter the officer was shot by “an assailant.” The I-Team has also learned that the officer shot is a high-ranking district commander. According to police radio transmissions, the officer may have been trying to stop a suspect on the street in connection with a shooting that took place in the Loop Saturday, when the suspect ran.
Supt. Eddie Johnson has identified the officer as Paul Bauer.
The Thompson Center, also known as the State of Illinois Building, is an atrium-style governmental building with commercial businesses on the first floor and a food court on the lower level.