Task force moves forward in Rockford officer death investigation

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - The investigation into Officer Jaimie Cox's death is underway through the Winnebago-Boone County Integrity Task Force.

Task force commander, Master Sergeant Sam Thomas, spoke with 23 News on the progress of the investigation.

Thomas says the group is looking at some surveillance video, but he is not sure if the footage will be beneficial. He says there is no in-car or body camera footage to use in the investigation.

At this time, Thomas says the task force knows Eddie Patterson suffered a gunshot wound, but cannot definitively say it came from Officer Cox's firearm.

“The investigation is going to take a while because we have evidence that has to be analyzed. That and crash reconstruction is labor-intensive and time-consuming,” says Thomas.

Right now investigators are taking information from interviews, evidence and the scene to see how it all fits together.

Thomas says the task force includes investigators from law enforcement agencies in Winnebago and Boone County. He says members are chosen based on experience and training.

"By design, when a requesting agency asks for the task force to investigate – in this instance the Rockford Police Department – not detectives from the Rockford Police Department are on the team. It has to be an objective investigation,” Thomas tells us.

Thomas says the task force is making progress and that sorting through the information and the lab analysis and crash reconstruction will take time.