Mayor, police chief visit district of fallen commander: ‘It’s a gut punch to the city’

A bouquet of flowers rested at the doorway of the Near North Side police station and a man dropped off coffee and donuts for the officers who lost their commander in the line of duty.

It was just before 9 p.m. Tuesday at the 018th District station when Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson walked inside together.

They joined the officers for roll call before the midnight shift to offer words of condolences and support following the killing of Cmdr. Paul Bauer, who led the high-profile district before he was gunned down in the Loop earlier Tuesday while pursuing a suspect.

Bauer, 53, is a married father of a 13-year-old daughter and the first Chicago cop shot and killed since 2011.

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