Rockford Police Officer dies after Traffic Stop

A Rockford police officer was killed and another person was found dead in a vehicle early Sunday when a traffic stop led to a crash and an apparent shooting.

In a morning news briefing, Rockford Police Chief Dan O'Shea says the incident occurred shortly after 1 a.m. Officers who responded found Cox and a single-vehicle crash near Dawn and Turner streets, which is about two blocks north of the initial stop.

The officer identified as 30-year-old Jaimie Cox made a traffic stop where he made a brief call indicating he was in distress.

The Police Chief has not confirmed that he died from a gunshot wound.

He was transported to OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center in Rockford, where he died as a result of his injuries.

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The cause of death for both Cox and Patterson have not yet been determined; autopsies are pending with the Winnebago County coroner's office.

Authorities "believe" Cox was shot, but the full details about what happened aren't clear, O'Shea said. O'Shea said there is not a threat to the public.

Police have not released information on how the officer was injured and an investigation is ongoing. "To the extent suspects, we don't feel people in general is in risk at the present time".

Cox joined the department in December 2016. He earlier served as an officer with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, according to O'Shea. He was a graduate of Hononegah High School and Northern Illinois University.

Cox's body was taken from the hospital to the coroner's office by a parade of hundreds of police officers from authorities around the area. Found dead inside the auto was 49-year-old Eddie Patterson.

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