BREAKING: Chicago Police Commander Murdered At Government Building

A Chicago police commander was murdered at a downtown government building today.

Chicago, IL – A high-ranking Chicago police commander was fatally shot around 2 p.m. on Tuesday at the James R. Thompson Center, also known as the state of Illinois building, in downtown Chicago, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said the police commander was assisting a tactical unit at the time he was gunned down.

WLS-TV reported that the murdered officer was found in the stairwell of the government building, and that he had been shot twice in the head.

The investigative team at WLS-TV reported that the officer was believed to be trying to break up a gun deal at the time he was killed.

The officer was taken to Northwestern Regional Hospital where he was pronounced dead, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Sources have reported that a suspect has been arrested and taken to Area Central police headquarters.

Noreen Janko told the Chicago Tribune she heard shots as she was walking back to her office building across the street from where the officer was killed.

“I heard the gunshots go off, about five shots, and then the stairs there to the pedway, I think they have the guy cornered because they lock those doors down there,” Janko said. “So they took him with shackles and then they put him in the squad. Then the ambulance came, about five minutes [later] they brought out a guy who was shot. He was on the stretcher, there was blood and they were doing [CPR].”

“Anyway, so they had him cornered and eventually they brought him up the stairs and put him in the squad,” Janko said.

Another witness told WLS-TV that she heard two men yelling at each other and they began to fight over something and fell down the stairs, but that she couldn’t tell if either of those men was a police officer. She said the fight began near a set of emergency exit stairs just outside the building.

Federal agents and the Illinois State Police were at the scene assisting with the investigation, the Chicago Tribune reported.

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lds719
lds719

Even the National Guard is not trained for police actions. During the Freddie Gray riots, the National Guard was called out, but they were just used as force multipliers and drivers for the police. As soon as the city could get real police from departments all along the East Coast (We had Mass. State Police here), the National Guard was recalled.

JHG
JHG

Acc. to my paper, Cmdr. Bauer spoke publicly about both community-police relations, and "the high bar to prosecution" that allowed career criminals to run free through our society. I certainly agree with both those points. Sadly, I bet it was one such criminal careerist who shot him on Tuesday. We need to work together to stop the media's war on the police. Everyone is at risk because of it.

b1rd
b1rd

@Hi_estComnDenomn right. The National Guard is not part of the military? That being said, not ALL the calls are for the Army etc.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

I'm loving all the calls for military support. That will never happen, as this is not the military's job.

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