A man who pleaded guilty last week to domestic battery after being paroled recently on a drug charge kidnapped his own daughter, stole his estranged wife’s car and ran down a Chicago police officer Sunday night.
Nicholas Sauer, 27, was shot by the officer he ran over in the parking lot of
a Church's Fried Chicken parking lot at 1151 S. Independence Blvd, about 7 p.m.
Sunday, after police tracked him to the area using his cell phone GPS position. Sauer is charged with child abduction, attempted murder,
aggravated battery of a police officer and aggravated vehicular hijacking.
Sauer is being treated at John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital for
Sauer was paroled Oct. 14 from Stateville prison after pleading guilty to
felony heroin possession in an April 17 arrest in the Austin neighborhood. On Oct. 17, he was arrested on a domestic battery
charge, and he pleaded guilty in the case last Wednesday and was sentenced to 18
months supervised released. Cook County Bridgeview Court
Judge Sheila McGinnis also granted an order of protection for the victim, his
estranged wife, and their 2-year-old daughter against Sauer.
On Sunday, Sauer met with his estranged wife at the parking lot of a
Wal-Mart, 10260 S. Harlem in Bridgeview, so she could give him some of his
personal belongings. Sauer asked his wife to drive him to area
motels so he could find a room, and when he was not able to, she drove him back
to the parking lot.
At the parking lot, Sauer asked if he could keep the car, and when his wife
said no, he became verbally and physically abusive, grabbing her around the neck
and punching her. The wife was able to get out of the car, and
tried to grab their daughter, but Sauer jumped into the driver’s seat and drove
The wife called police, and they were able to track where Sauer was going
using the GPS function of his phone. A state trooper trying to
find the suspect flagged down Chicago Police officers working on a Violence
Reduction team near Roosevelt and Independence, and told them that the suspect
had pulled into a nearby parking lot.
Three uniformed Chicago police officers approached the car Sauer was driving
after he stopped in the parking lot, and ordered him out of the car. The suspect backed up his car, hitting one officer and sending him onto
the car’s hood, then drove forward. The officer, 40 years old
and a 16-year veteran of the department, then fired into the vehicle, and the
officer was thrown into a concrete post, breaking three bones.
Sauer was struck in the head, the hand and another part of his body, but
suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
looked into the car and brought the young child out the car. The child was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in good
The officer suffered several breaks to his leg.
Including his conviction
earlier this year, Sauer has twice been convicted of felony drug possession