IL officer dies after traffic stop goes awry

Katrina Barker
November 6, 2017

In a tweet sent out by Rockford Police around 1:00 a.m. the department said they were on the scene of a shooting involving an officer.

Cox was hurried to OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center in Rockford, where he was articulated dead, O'Shea said.

A police officer in Rockford, Illinois was killed early Sunday and another person was found dead in a nearby vehicle when a traffic stop led to a reported shooting.

Rockford police are cautious to say whether or not Cox was shot to death. Shortly after, Cox called for assistance.

O'Shea identified the officer as 30-year-old Jaimie Cox.

Rockford officers reacting to the scene discovered Cox, who was fundamentally harmed, close to a solitary vehicle crash around two pieces north of the underlying traffic stop, O'Shea said. Police responded to that area and found a single-car crash. He received an honorable discharge from the U.S. Army National Guard in 2010, and then worked for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources' law enforcement division before joining Rockford's force.

Rockford police have not confirmed if the suspect did in fact take Cox's gun. Eddie Patterson, 49, was found dead inside the crashed vehicle.

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

At this time, the cause of death for Officer Cox has not been released.

Roads are blocked off in the area and police are not letting anyone through the perimeter they have setup.

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