8-Minute Gap From Pursuit to Discovery of Bauer's Body: Report

Chicago police Cmdr. Paul Bauer died last month after being shot six times, twice in the head, according to autopsy results released Thursday by the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Eight minutes elapsed from the time Bauer, who was on his way to a meeting at City Hall, first noticed suspect Shomari Legghette until an Illinois State Police officer discovered the body of mortally wounded police commander in a stairwell adjacent to the Thompson Center at Clark and Randolph.

Bauer was in full uniform on Feb. 13 when at 1:46 p.m., the ME’s report notes, he observed Legghette who was wanted by police for questioning. The call “officer down” occurred at 1:56 p.m. and an ambulance, only a few blocks away, was summoned.

The autopsy shows Bauer was shot twice in the head, twice in the chest and once to the neck and forearm. He was shot, the report states, in both the front and the back.

None of the wounds showed any “discernable gun powder” or “muzzle imprint,” according to the report.

A separate report filed by the Chicago Fire Department stated that Bauer’s gun was “still holstered & snapped” when first responders reached him.

Legghette, who is charged with first degree murder, has entered a plea of not guilty.

The ME’s report states there are several surveillance cameras visible at the location of the shooting but it is unknown if any video was captured.

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