Rockford Police officer, another person found dead after traffic stop

Following Officer Jamie Cox's death local police escorted his body to the county coroner's office

According to the Rockford Police Department, Officer Jaimie Cox made a traffic stop around 1 a.m. on Sunday, November 5th.

Rockford police Officer Jaimie Cox, 30, radioed for additional help shortly after making a traffic stop near State Street and Dawn Avenue, Rockford Police Chief Dan O'Shea said during a news conference.

Authorities said a dead person was also located inside the vehicle of the vehicle crash.

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.

A procession of police squads crawled through the early morning drizzling rain to escort Cox's body from OSF Saint Anthony Hospital, where he died, to the Winnebago County Coroner's Office.

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"The coroner will give the official cause of death", he added.

Authorities "believe" Cox was shot, but the full details about what happened aren't clear, O'Shea said.

Police have not said how Officer Cox died. "The area is still blocked off of the incident, the detectives are out there working". "To the extent suspects, we don't feel people in general is in risk at the present time".

Cox joined the Rockford department in December 2016, said a city spokeswoman. He previously worked 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. Found dead inside the vehicle was 49-year-old Eddie Patterson.

Rockford police planned to hold another media briefing at 12 p.m. Sunday.

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