Rockford officer killed, another hurt in crash, possible shooting

06 November, 2017, 02:37 | Author: Genevieve Gibbs

A police officer in IL was apparently shot dead during a traffic stop early Sunday, authorities said.

Cox made a traffic stop shortly after 1 a.m.in the area of State Street and Dawn Avenue.

Officers returning to the scene found Cox, who was critically wounded, around a one-vehicle wreck approximately two blocks north of the original traffic stop, O'Shea stated.

He joined Rockford PD in December 2016.

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According to police, Another person was also discovered dead inside the vehicle.

"As soon as we can release details of what happened we will", Police Chief Dan O'Shea said. He previously worked for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources' Law Enforcement Division.

The officer identified as 30-year-old Jaimie Cox made a traffic stop where he made a brief call indicating he was in distress. Eddie Patterson, 49, was inside the vehicle that crashed. When the responding officers arrived, they found Cox with life-threatening injuries. Several roads were initially blocked off and passersby were told to stay inside.

Rockford Police escorted Cox's body from Saint Anthony Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead, to the Winnebago County coroner's office shorty after 6 a.m.

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Chief Dan O'Shea says more information will be released following a news conference at 8:00 a.m.

Rockford University Police & Department of Public Safety sent a text out to students and staff saying, "A suspect has taken a firearm from a police officer near Rockford University and is at large".

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - Rockford Police say an officer was shot early this morning on the city's east side.

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