A high-ranking Chicago police commander was shot to death near an office building in the city’s busy downtown district on Tuesday, according to reports.
The officer was assisting a tactical team when he was shot by an “assailant” in a stairwell of the Thompson Center, according to CPD. The officer was reportedly shot four times and transported to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in critical condition.
Spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said the off-duty officer was shot around 2 p.m. Tuesday at the James R. Thompson Center, 100 W. Randolph. The officer was transported to Northwestern Memorial Hospital. The victim was found in a stairwell in the building. The I-Team has learned the officer was shot twice in the head.
Gugliemi said on Twitter the officer was shot by “an assailant.” The I-Team has also learned that the officer shot is a high-ranking district commander who was trying to break up a gun deal. He was initially taken to the hospital in a “code red” critical condition.
A woman in the atrium food court in the basement said she heard a shot. The Thompson Center, also known as the State of Illinois Building, is a governmental building with commercial businesses on the first floor and an open food court on the lower level.
“They took the perp into custody very fast,” the witness said.
Another witness said she heard two men yelling at each other and they began to fight over something and fell down the stairs. She said she could not tell if either was an officer. She said the fight initiated just outside the building near a set of emergency exit stairs.
It is believed the suspect is in custody.