Defense Attorney Tells Jury Police Commander's Murder Was His Own Fault

Sandy Malone

The attorney for Shomari Legghette told the jury that Chicago Police Commander Paul Bauer caused his own murder.

Chicago, IL – The attorney for the man who murdered Chicago Police Commander Paul Bauer claimed on the first day of trial that his client shot the high-ranking police official six times in self-defense.

"It's a tragedy... but Commander Bauer brought it upon himself," defense attorney Scott Kamin said, according to WMAQ.

The incident occurred at about 2:30 p.m. on Feb. 13, 2019 when 1st District tactical officers saw Shomari Legghette going to the bathroom in public.

The officers tried to approach Legghette but he fled.

“Tactical officers put a description over the radio. Commander Paul Bauer – the 18th District – was in the vicinity and he heard the radio transmission,” then-Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson told reporters at a press conference the day of the murder.

Within a minute, an officer – now assumed to be Commander Bauer – radioed the dispatcher that he had spotted the man.

He told a dispatcher he was near Clark and Lake Streets, “State of Illinois building towards City Hall,” the Chicago Tribune reported.

The newspaper reported that was the officer’s last transmission.

The dispatcher called the officer repeatedly for several minutes, but got no reply.

Then the tactical officer who had radioed the initial description came over the radio saying “Don’t anybody get hurt. We just wanted to do a street stop on him and he took off on me. But he was in the area where we’ve had a lot of narcotics sales and a shooting on Saturday.”

"I understand, but somebody else is following him and we want to make sure we get him help,” the dispatcher replied.

Then another officer radioed the dispatcher to say they’d found the suspect, and had him in custody. He told dispatch that they found a gun on the suspect.

“We have a person shot in the stairwell. Possibly related to the guy we were chasing at the State of Illinois building,” the tactical officer radioed to the dispatcher.

“OK, is that an off-duty PO [police officer]?” the dispatcher asked.

“There’s a radio laying next to him. Oh s--t. Squad, I need somebody over here ASAP. It is,” the tactical officer confirmed.

“We have a 10-1, we have an off-duty shot. We have units on the scene,” the dispatcher said, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Commander Bauer, 53, was a 31-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department (CPD).

“He observed the offender, and engaged them, and physical confrontation – armed physical confrontation – ensued,” the superintendent told reporters while obviously struggling to keep his composure. “Commander Bauer was shot multiple times. Unfortunately, Commander Bauer passed away.” composure.

Commander Bauer was pronounced dead at Northwestern Regional Hospital.

His killer’s attorney argued in court that his client didn’t know the man he was running from that day was a police officer, WMAQ reported.

Kamin said his client was “trying to sell drugs” when police initially approached him and that’s was why he ran.

He argued Commander Bauer cornered Legghette in the stairwell and his client couldn’t see the officer’s uniform, WMAQ reported.

However, Cook County Assistant State's Attorney Risa Lanier said Legghette was armed and wearing body armor at the time of the encounter.

"He was wearing body armor and a bulletproof vest, carrying packets of cocaine, heroin and marijuana," Lanier said. "He was armed with a long metal stake. He was also armed with a 9MM Glock, a semi-automatic handgun with an extended magazine."

The prosecutor called Commander Bauer’s murder “an execution,” WMAQ reported.

"He knew that Paul Bauer was a police officer... a police officer attempting to detain him, and he killed him for it," Lanier said.

Legghette’s attorney argued his client was wearing his normal work gear the day he murdered Commander Bauer.

"He gets shot at a lot," he argued. "He wears body armor to protect himself. It's that simple."

Legghette is expected to take the stand in his own defense during the trial that is likely to last less than two weeks, according to WMAQ.

Comments (89)
flybynight
flybynight

The usual 13/??. I've suspected the use of the number 60 until further notice from crazy704 as to which figure is correct. If anyone knows please let me know. I think crazy doesn't like fooling with dumb fucks like me.

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Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

No uniform? No evidence that the policeman announced that he was police? Sounds like classic self-defense. Maybe there is more to this story than we have heard, but if you don't know that a man is popo then you have to assume that the man is a threat.

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

"Legghette’s attorney argued his client was wearing his normal work gear the day he murdered Commander Bauer. "He gets shot at a lot," he argued. "He wears body armor to protect himself. It's that simple.""

You know, if he gets shot a lot, than maybe he shouldn't be in that line of work? Hope the POS gets a lethal injection.

floridacop
floridacop

I have arrested plenty of drug dealers and drug users. Also, I have been on multiple drug search warrants and not one of them had a bulletproof vest on.

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

Shomari Legghette is a four-time felon.

Legghette’s criminal history includes convictions in two drug cases, a gun offense, a misdemeanor battery and a robbery in the late 1990s in which he and a co-defendant robbed two people at gunpoint before leading police on a high-speed expressway chase, prosecutors have said.

illinois.arrests.org/Arrests/Shomari_Legghette_18312860/

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

The prosecution made a huge mistake calling it an assassination. It was obviously the result of a chase scene in progress. This doesn't surprise me, since the Cook County DA is pure anti cop. It's as if they are trying to get the case thrown out by calling it an execution. The murder of a police officer is a capital felony and the suspect should fry. no need to embellish the facts, unless you are trying to unhinge the case. Leave it to Kim Foxx's office to garner sympathy for a black cop killer. when the defense makes more sense than the prosecution, it smacks of the two working in unison.

Homer0331
Homer0331

Burgers All-day the EVIDENCE shows he could not see the uniform??? Because last I checked the word of a drug dealer who just murdered a cop doesn't meet the legal definition of "evidence".

Shepfershort
Shepfershort

He is of no use to society, except post-mortem scientific studies. If " He gets shot at alot ", isn't a clue, I don't know what is.

Mother
Mother

If Commander Bauer had been a undercover officer he would not have been in a uniform. So someone could kill a under cover officer and get away with it?

NFPD103
NFPD103

Let's the suspect was selling drugs, ran from police, was wearing body armor because it's for his job of selling drugs and you know you get shot at a lot. He didn't know the uniformed guy in front of him was a police officer because he couldn't see. Well, son, that explains it all you were defending your right to commit felonies in Chicago, which under Illinois law must be legal now? This defense might actually work in that City.

Raymelson
Raymelson

He killed a law officer an it's time for him to pay up

Stanracer
Stanracer

Another idiot defense lawyer being....well....an idiot. This usual suspect has no defence and should be locked up forever.

Stoykens Keptyc
Stoykens Keptyc

#BadMinority article

ajl1957
ajl1957

This lawyer should be ever need police to help with anything should be ignored shame on him

Mother
Mother

I know what it said, I can read. My brother was a undercover narcotics officer and I know for a fact he didn't wear a uniform or broadcast and yell it out that he was so everyone on the street would know. Thats why it is called undercover. All I was saying "IF" he was undercover he wouldn't be in uniform. Yes I believe, that he was within in he rights to shoot that criminal. If it upset with what I said, I don know to tell you.


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