Thousands grieve for slain Chicago police commander

PHOTO: The casket containing the remains of Chicago Police Cmdr. Paul Bauer are carried to a hearse after a funeral mass for Bauer at The Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church, Feb. 17, 2018, in Chicago. PlayCharles Rex Arbogast/AP Photo
WATCH Chicago police commander fatally shot on duty

Thousands of people gathered Saturday morning to mourn a decorated Chicago police officer, who was gunned down while on duty this week.

A line of mourners wrapped around the street as they waited to enter the Nativity of Our Lord Church for the funeral service of Chicago police Cmdr. Paul Bauer, according to ABC station WLS. Bauer's wife, Erin, and their 13-year-old daughter, Grace, stood on the church steps to greet family, friends and law enforcement officers as they went inside.

PHOTO: The funeral mass for Chicago police Cmdr. Paul Bauer begins at Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church, Feb. 17, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. Bauer was shot to death earlier in the week while confronting a suspect. John J. Kim/Pool/Getty Images
The funeral mass for Chicago police Cmdr. Paul Bauer begins at Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church, Feb. 17, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. Bauer was shot to death earlier in the week while confronting a suspect.

Grade did the first reading for her father's funeral Mass. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, police Capt. Mel Roman as well as John Escalante, who retired from the department in 2016 and is now the police chief at Northeastern Illinois University, were among those who delivered remarks about the fallen officer.

"Chicago is blessed to have known and been served by Paul Bauer," Emanuel said. "Chicago will never forget his grace and his goodness."

PHOTO: Illinois Gov. Burce Rauner, left, Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson, second from left, and Mayor Rahm Emanuel salute the casket of Cmdr. Paul Bauer after a funeral mass, Feb. 17, 2018, in Chicago. Charles Rex Arbogast/AP Photo
Illinois Gov. Burce Rauner, left, Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson, second from left, and Mayor Rahm Emanuel salute the casket of Cmdr. Paul Bauer after a funeral mass, Feb. 17, 2018, in Chicago.

After the funeral mass, a sea of officers in blue as well as local citizens lined the procession route from Chicago's Bridgeport neighborhood to the Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in honor of the slain officer and the loved ones he leaves behind.

PHOTO: Grace Bauer, left, and her mother Erin, center, are escorted out of the church after attending the funeral service for their father and husband Chicago Police Commander Paul Bauer in Chicago, Feb. 17, 2018. Tannen Maury/EPA via Shutterstock
Grace Bauer, left, and her mother Erin, center, are escorted out of the church after attending the funeral service for their father and husband Chicago Police Commander Paul Bauer in Chicago, Feb. 17, 2018.

Bauer was shot and killed after engaging with a suspect near the Thompson Center in downtown Chicago on Tuesday.

PHOTO: A photograph of Chicago police Commander Paul Bauer is seen on a pin that a Chicago police officer wears as he stands outside of the Nativity of Our Lord church in the Bridgeport neighborhood where Bauers funeral was held Feb. 17, 2018.
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A photograph of Chicago police Commander Paul Bauer is seen on a pin that a Chicago police officer wears as he stands outside of the Nativity of Our Lord church in the Bridgeport neighborhood where Bauer's funeral was held Feb. 17, 2018.

There was a report of a suspicious person spotted by a police officer who was patrolling the grounds by the Thompson Center, otherwise referred to as the State of Illinois Building, which has businesses on the first floor and a food court on the floor below. An officer made initial contact with the suspect but the person fled, Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson told a press conference Tuesday.

Bauer spotted the suspect and engaged him, but was shot multiple times, Johnson said.

PHOTO: An 18th District officer holds the program for the funeral mass of Chicago police Commander Paul Bauer at Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church, Feb. 17, 2017, in Chicago.John J. Kim/Chicago Tribune/TNS via Getty Images
An 18th District officer holds the program for the funeral mass of Chicago police Commander Paul Bauer at Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church, Feb. 17, 2017, in Chicago.

The suspect, 44-year-old Shomari Legghette of South Side Chicago, was later arrested. A weapon was recovered at the scene.

Legghette, a convicted felon, faces felony charges in the brazen shooting death, including first-degree murder and armed violence. He is being held without bond.

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