Memorial held for fallen Chicago Police Cmdr. Paul Bauer

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CHICAGO —  Chicago police held a memorial for a fallen commander Thursday on the second anniversary of his death.

Cmdr. Paul Bauer was shot and killed in the Loop while chasing a suspect in February of 2018.

Bells of remembrance rang out at the time of his death.

Bauer’s former colleagues were joined by the mounted patrol, a unit Bauer once led.

Bauer’s widow Erin Bauer spoke at the service.

“The world Grace and I knew came crashing down on us,” she said. “There are days when it seems it was just yesterday. That’s how fresh the pain is.”

“I’m very grateful and appreciative and the way that you are honoring him,” Erin Bauer said.

Erin Bauer filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday in connection with her husband’s death.

The lawsuit takes aim against the Armslist.com, a website that is used as a place to buy and sell guns.

The suit claims Armslist negligently allowed sales of weapons without background checks, allowing Legghette to get his hands on the alleged 9 mm that was used to kill him.

The gun was sold by 68-year-old Thomas Caldwell who is now serving a three-year prison term for his illegal gun sales. Another man is suspected of wrongdoing in his involvement in the gun sale as well.

If successful, the lawsuit would mark the first time an online gun marketplace had been held liable for a killing involving weapons sold as part of its business.

 

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