Rockford cop killed during traffic stop

Rockford cop killed during traffic stop

Rockford cop killed during traffic stop

The Rockford Fire Department tweeted a statement saying, "It is with a heavy heart that we mourn the loss of Officer Cox".

A Rockford police officer was killed in the line of duty early Sunday morning after a traffic stop led to an apparent shooting. "Our thoughts and prayers are with Officer Jaimie Cox and his family".

Around 1:20 a.m., Rockford police on Twitter said it was at a "scene of a shooting including an officer".

The officer identified as 30-year-old Jaimie Cox made a traffic stop where he made a brief call indicating he was in distress. Inside the auto, investigators tell 23 News a body was found. Eddie Patterson, 49, was found dead inside the crashed vehicle.

A short time later, a group of responding officers found a single-car crash near the location of the initial traffic stop.

Prior to joining the Rockford PD, Cox served as part of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

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Cox was taken to the hospital, where he died from his injuries.

Rockford Police say they are holding another media briefing at at noon at the police administration headquarters, 557 South New Towne Drive.

O'Shea said Cox became "entangled" with the auto and fired a shot, but he declined to say how either man died or to provide additional details.

The Rockford Police Department also expressed its gratitude for the outpouring of support is has received.

The area around State Street, Alpine Road, Dawn Avenue, and Turner Street are blocked off as the investigation continues.

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