Commander Paul R. Bauer

Commander Paul R. Bauer

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Paul R. Bauer

Commander Paul Bauer was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a subject who had just run from other officers near the James R. Thompson Center, a state government office building.

Other officers had attempted to conduct a subject stop on the man in connection with a shooting that had occurred several days earlier. The subject fled from the officers. Commander Bauer, who was wearing a suit and in the area for a meeting, observed the subject at the government building and attempted to stop him in a stairwell. The subject opened fire, killing Commander Bauer.

The subject was taken into custody moments later.

Commander Bauer had served with the Chicago Police Department for 32 years and served as commander of the 018th District. He is survived by his wife and daughter.


  • Age 53
  • Tour 31 years
  • Badge 29

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Arrested

arrest, foot pursuit, plainclothes


Please contact the following agency to send condolences or to obtain funeral arrangements:

Superintendent Eddie T. Johnson
Chicago Police Department
3510 S. Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60653

Phone: (312) 746-6000

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Commander Bauer I’m sure you were greeted by your fellow fallen Officers. Rest In Peace.

As the son of a murdered Chicago Police Officer, Kenneth Guy Kaner EOW June 19, 1970, a Chicago Police Officer and the Chairman of the Gold Star Families rest assured your sacrifice and family will never be forgotten.

I can imagine you surrounded by my father and a whole bunch of fallen Chicago Police Officers.

Kurt Kaner
Chairman Gold Star Familes, Son, Husband, father and CPD.

February 19, 2018

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