A Rockford Police Officer was killed during traffic stop

Officer Jaimie Cox

A Rockford police officer was killed in the line of duty early Sunday morning after a traffic stop led to an apparent shooting.

Chief O'Shea told the media that one other person was found dead inside the vehicle located at the scene.The investigation remains active. Shortly after, Cox made a radio call for assistance.

Responding officers found him to be critically injured, reportedly by a gunshot wound.

Cox was immediately taken to OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center in Rockford, where he was declared dead.

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

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Investigators said they believe Cox was involved in a scuffle during the traffic stop "that resulted in the officer becoming entangled by the suspect vehicle".

"As soon as we can release details of what happened we will", Police Chief Dan O'Shea said. Although, police say there is no danger to the public at this time. "The area is still blocked off of the incident, the detectives are out there working".

"As far as suspects, we don't feel the public is in jeopardy right now", he continued.

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. He previously worked for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources' Law Enforcement Division.

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. He served in the United States National Guard and was a graduate of Hononegah High School and Northern Illinois University.

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