A Chicago police officer died after he was "senselessly murdered" in a downtown building Tuesday afternoon, police said.
Commander Paul Bauer, of the 18th District, was chasing a suspect when he was "shot multiple times," Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said at a news conference.
Bauer, 53, had spotted a man matching the radio description of an armed suspect when he "engaged in an armed physical confrontation," around 2 p.m., Johnson said.
The superintendent said that while "any loss of life in this city is tragic, today is difficult."
After the shooting, Bauer was transported to Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Fox 32 Chicago reported the commander was shot in a stairwell of the Thompson Center in the city's downtown business center.
Sources told Fox News that police seemed to be responding to a robbery but it's unclear what the suspect was doing that prompted officers to want to speak with him.
AS REPORTED BY FOX CHICAGO NEWS