ATLANTA - It is a grim realization. Chicago Police District Commander Paul Bauer's death on Tuesday marked the 11th time this year a law enforcement officer has been gunned down.
Details surrounding Commander Bauer's murder were still emerging as of early Tuesday evening, but investigators said he was shot at least four times.
Bauer's death comes after a violent weekend for law enforcement officers. A Georgia officer was killed Friday while assisting two deputies serving an arrest warrant. Officer Chase Maddox, 26, of Locust Grove, located just southeast of Atlanta, was shot several times. He did not survive his wounds.
The two Henry County deputies he was assisting were also shot, but were expected to survive.
The gunman died at the scene.
Officer Maddox left behind a wife, who was expecting the couple's second child. She gave birth to that child on Tuesday and is being surrounded by overwhelming support from around the state.
Westerville officers Eric Joering, 39, and Anthony Morelli, 54, were killed shortly after noon Saturday in a normally quiet Columbus, Ohio suburb while responding to a 911 hang-up call.
It was later learned the wife of the suspect called 911. Investigators also said officers had previously responded to the same address for several domestic disturbance calls.
The gunman was still in the hospital as of Tuesday afternoon.
Last week, two officers were murdered in two separate incidents. On Jan. 5, Deputy Micah Flick, with the El Paso County Sheriff's Office, was shot while investigating a motor vehicle theft. It was his 11th anniversary with the department. The 34-year-old deputy left behind a wife and 7-year-old twins. He was the third law enforcement officer in the state of Colorado killed in the line of duty since Dec. 31.
A Colorado Springs police officer and two sheriff's deputies were also shot. They were expected to survive.
The gunman died at the scene.
Just two days later, in Richardson, Texas, Officer David Sherrard was gunned down after responding to a disturbance call at an apartment complex.
The 37-year-old left behind a wife and two young daughters. He was a 13-year veteran of the force.
Police said one man was killed and another was taken into custody after a standoff.
On Jan. 8, Deputy Daniel A. McCartney was responding to an attempted home invasion when he was gunned down. Three people are now in custody for the incident including an alleged getaway driver.
The Pierce County Sheriff’s Department said McCartney was a Navy veteran who joined the force in 2014.
He leaves behind a wife and three young sons.
Detective Michael R. Doty, was one of four York County Sheriff's deputies were shot on Jan. 15 during an ambush and subsequent shootout, according to investigators. Law enforcement was called after the suspect's wife called 911 reporting a domestic violence situation. The suspect took off and a search for the gunman ended in the ambush.
The detective was a 12-year veteran of the force.
Doty was rushed to a Charlotte, North Carolina hospital where he underwent surgery, but died two days later.
The suspect will be charged with murder, several counts of attempted murder, and first-degree domestic violence. He was injured in the incident.
On Jan. 18, Deputy U.S. Marshal Christopher David Hill, 45, was killed while trying to service an arrest warrant in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Two other members of the fugitive task force were also struck, but were expected to survive. Investigators believe Hill's actions may have helped protect children which were in the home at the time of the incident.
Hill was an Army veteran who had been with the service for more than a decade and served in Afghanistan. He joined the U.S. Marshal's Office in 2006. He was survived by his wife and two children.
The subject of the arrest warrant was killed in an exchange of gunfire.
On Jan. 24, Adams County Sheriff’s Deputy Heath Gumm, 32, was killed while responding to an "assault in progress" call. Investigators said Gumm saw a man run from the scene and gave chase. Deputies said that man turned and shot Gumm in the chest, killing him.
Gumm was married and had worked for the sheriff's office since 2013.
Adams County, Colorado is located about 8 miles north of downtown Denver.
The suspect was charged with homicide and second-degree burglary.
Just four days later, Detroit Police Officer Glenn Doss, Jr. was shot twice while responding to a domestic call. Thirty bullet casings were found at the scene.
Officer Doss was rushed to an area hospital, but died a few days later.
The 25-year-old officer had been with the department for about two years. Doss left behind an infant son.
The suspect was taken into custody after a standoff with police. He had a long list of charges including murder and assault.
Chicago Police said Cmdr. Paul Bauer was in charge of the 18th District. He was assisting a tactical team on Feb. 13 that chased a man who had run away from them after acting suspiciously.
Bauer is the first Chicago Police officer shot to death on or off duty since the 2011 slaying of Officer Clifton Lewis. Bauer is among 13 Chicago Police officers shot to death since 1998.
The 53-year-old officer has been with the department for several decades and was active in several organizations including the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation, which assists the families of fallen and injured officers.