Family of Eddie Patterson speaks out, seeks answers in the 49-year-old's death

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- Family of the man who died after an officer-involved shooting that ended in a Rockford police officer's death is speaking out tonight.

Family spokesperson reverend Melvin Brown says the family has many questions about what lead to the death of 49-year-old Eddie Patterson, a brother, a grandfather and father of three.

Brown says the 49-year-old was not a criminal or violent person. Reverend Brown says Patterson was a supervisor at the BMO Harris Bank Center, where he had worked for 14 years.

Brown says Patterson had worked the evening he lost his life. The family is patiently waiting for the Winnebago Boone County Integrity Task Force to complete its investigations so they can hopefully get answers to what led to Patterson’s death.

"They’re not only grieving the life of their brother, they're grieving that an officer's life was taken in this situation and they just know their brother very well, he would not try to take an officer's life they know him too well. Something went wrong; we don't know what went wrong we just know that two great people are dead," said Brown.

Funeral arrangements are still being made for Patterson who left behind three children, two brothers a sister and a fiancé.

Over the past 30 years, Patterson has faced several charges ranging from traffic violations to drug possession and resisting arrest. Some of those charges were dropped. He also faced an aggravated battery to a child which he spent some time in prison for.

Officers Cox's funeral is scheduled for Saturday.