A Chicago police commander was murdered at a downtown government building today.
Chicago, IL – A high-ranking Chicago police commander was fatally shot around 2 p.m. on Tuesday at the James R. Thompson Center, also known as the state of Illinois building, in downtown Chicago, the Chicago Tribune reported.
Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said the police commander was assisting a tactical unit at the time he was gunned down.
WLS-TV reported that the murdered officer was found in the stairwell of the government building, and that he had been shot twice in the head.
The investigative team at WLS-TV reported that the officer was believed to be trying to break up a gun deal at the time he was killed.
Shooting – Thompson center. CPD member shot. Transported to area hospital. Superintendent Johnson and command staff en route. Updates to follow.
— Anthony Guglielmi (@AJGuglielmi) February 13, 2018
The officer was taken to Northwest Regional Hospital where he was pronounced dead, according to the Chicago Tribune.
A witness told WLS-TV that she heard two men yelling at each other and they began to fight over something and fell down the stairs, but that she couldn’t tell if either of those men was a police officer. She said the fight began near a set of emergency exit stairs just outside the building.