On Tuesday afternoon, a commander for the Chicago Police Department was fatally shot at the Thompson Center in the Loop. The very next day, “Chicago P.D.,” a fictionalized television show, was filming right by where the shooting took place.
Commander Paul Bauer chased down a man after hearing his description on the police scanner. Bauer confronted the suspect but after a struggle, he fired a gun at the 31-year department veteran and killed him.
Officers later apprehended the suspect who is a four-time felon with an arrest record that goes back to 1994 and he has been charged with the murder of Commander Bauer.
According to Mary May, spokeswoman for the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, most of filming took place inside of a building at 161 N. Clark Street. She told the Chicago Tribune that there was “only a brief scene at the entrance,” of the building, “Filming was planned at the location weeks ago,” and “They did not film at the crime scene.”
Still, many took to Twitter to express the decision to continue filming in such close proximity and time and place was in poor taste.
They are filming Chicago PD **feet** from where Cmdr. Paul Bauer was gunned down and killed yesterday. I can’t say anything constructive about this. pic.twitter.com/14rATFqXtv
— Summer Breakin Mutt 2, Electric Boogaloo (@PerroMutt) February 14, 2018
It's surreal today in this shot, at least at 161 N. Clark – we're again unable to exit onto Clark Street, but because Chicago PD is filming in/around our building. Coming off the El, seeing tons of trucks/activity, I thought CPD was still working, but it's Hollywood. #toosoon
— Judy Raddue? (@SilvestriWoman) February 14, 2018
— Zach Pillsbury (@ZachPillsbury) February 14, 2018
The TV show Chicago PD is filming across the street from where Cmdr. Bauer was fatally shot Tuesday afternoon. pic.twitter.com/a7GXuaD2Mg
— Elvia Malagón (@ElviaMalagon) February 14, 2018
— Jill B (@jillerin17) February 14, 2018
The television show has not tweeted anything with regard to Commander Paul Bauer.
Bauer will be remembered for his dedicated life to family and community service. His neighbors in the Bridgeport neighborhood spoke highly of him and could always depend on him to help out with everyday tasks, particularly with helping clear sidewalks after the recent snowstorm. He leaves behind a wife and a 13-year-old daughter.