The Chicago police commander who was gunned down on Tuesday was shot six times by the suspect he was trying to apprehend, prosecutors said Thursday.
Cmdr. Paul Bauer was hit in the head, neck, torso, back and wrist, it was revealed in court. Bauer had not pulled his weapon, and gunman Shomari Legghette was wearing a bulletproof vest.
The career criminal accused in the murder was denied bond during his first court appearance. Legghette is charged with first-degree murder as dozens of police officers were in attendance in the courtroom in Cook County.
The 53-year-old Bauer was fatally shot after he and Legghette fell down a stairwell in downtown Chicago. The 31-year police veteran had approached Legghette because he was acting suspiciously.
Bauer was the highest-ranking officer to lose his life in the line of duty in the city in decades, according to the Chicago Tribune.
“This department didn’t just lose an exemplary police officer. The city lost a piece of itself,” police Superintendent Eddie Johnson told reporters on Wednesday, according to the Tribune.
Legghette, 44, is also being charged with felony possession of a firearm and possession of narcotics.
Video shows Bauer and Legghette fighting at the top of the stairwell, according to the Tribune. Witnesses heard seven gunshots after they fell down the steps, Area Central Cmdr. Brendan Deenihan told reporters.
Three witnesses identified Legghette in a lineup as the person who fought with Bauer, according to the Tribune.
Prosecutor Guy Lisuzzo told the judge that Legghette was arrested with a handgun in his pocket and that tests revealed gun residue on his right hand and jacket pocket.
Judge Mary Marubio said Legghette “poses a real and present threat to the physical safety of the community” as she denied bail, according to the Tribune.
Legghette was shackled and wearing gray sweatpants and a Chicago Bears T-shirt. He did not enter a plea, and will return to court on March 7.
His first conviction in Cook County came in 1997 for drug possession, the Tribune reported. The four-time felon was given one year of probation, but was charged with armed robbery while on probation and was later sentenced to 16 years in prison, according to the Tribune.
Johnson said the tragic shooting was “a devastating reminder” of how many gun offenders are not in prison, according to the newspaper.
“Police officers take a lot of knocks,” Johnson said, according to the Tribune. “If Paul’s actions yesterday remind us of anything, they should remind us that police officers are the good guys, and Paul was one of the best of the good guys.”
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