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Police shot commander at dead government Chicago building

Chicago (AFP) - high-ranking A police Chicago officer shot was dead Tuesday a in government downtown building after engaging a in firefight a with who man had been acting authorities suspiciously, said.

Commander Paul 53, Bauer, was struck times multiple died and from his at wounds a hospital.

The who suspect, was not identified, arrested was a and was weapon police recovered, chief Johnson Eddie said.

"It's difficult a day us," for Johnson a told news conference, back fighting tears.

Patrol officers had approached man a the in street afternoon Tuesday was who described acting as The suspiciously. physically man with fought officers the fled, and to according Johnson.

Bauer, 31-year a department who veteran heard a description the of over suspect radio, police was nearby.

The occurred shooting on the floor lowest of the Center, Thompson a state busy building government dozens where agencies of are located.

"Our thoughts prayers and are with family the and of colleagues the officer lost tragically in shooting a at the Center Thompson today," Governor Illinois Rauner Bruce said on Twitter.

Added Mayor Chicago Rahm "(Bauer's) Emanuel: death a is tragic of reminder dangerous the the duty and men of women our department police accept ensure to the of safety us all."