UPDATE: Rockford officer, suspect reportedly involved in scuffle during deadly traffic stop

Updated: November 5, 2017 12:48 p.m.

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- Rockford police release new information as the investigation continues into the death of a patrol officer early Sunday morning.

Officer Jaimie Cox, 30, made a traffic stop in the area of East State Street and Dawn Avenue around 1 a.m., according to Rockford Police Chief Dan O'Shea. Officer Cox then made a radio transmission requesting help.

Police tell 23 News, officers responded to the area and found a one-car crash about two blocks north of where the traffic stop took place. Officers found Eddie Patterson, 49, believed to be from Rockford, dead inside the car. Officer Cox was also found at the scene, critically hurt.

Officer Cox was taken to OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

The Winnebago County Coroner has not yet released the cause of death for Officer Cox or Patterson.

Investigators believe during the traffic stop, Officer Cox was involved in a scuffle with Patterson. That's when they say Officer Cox became entangled in the car.

The Winnebago-Boone County Integrity Task Force is investigating the use of force by Officer Cox. It is believed by Rockford investigators, that Officer Cox fired his weapon during the scuffle.

In a statement, the Rockford Police Department expressed its "sincere gratitude for the outpouring of support it has received from the mayor, city council and the community".

Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to call Rockford Police at 815-966-2900 or Crime Stoppers at 815-963-7867.


Updated: November 5, 2017 5:53 a.m.

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- A Rockford police officer involved in a traffic stop that led to a shooting has died.

During a morning news briefing, Rockford Police Chief Dan O'Shea said officer Jaimie Cox died at a nearby hospital, after he suffered life-threatening injuries.

The cause of death for Officer Cox has not been released.

In a 1 a.m. tweet sent by Rockford police, the department mentioned it was on the scene of a shooting involving an officer. O'Shea has not said if the officer died of a gunshot wound.

Chief O'Shea says the thoughts and prayers of the department are with the family of Officer Cox.

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

Rockford Police Chief Dan O'Shea says in an early morning press briefing the officer was conducting a traffic stop in the area of State Street and Dawn Avenue just after 1:00 a.m. Sunday.

Shortly after, investigators say the officer made a radio transmission saying he needed assistance.

A second group of officers responded to the scene where they found a one-car crash about two blocks away from the initial traffic stop. Inside the car, investigators tell 23 News a body was found. There has not been an identity released of that person, until family is notified.

Rockford Police say the officer was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.

The area around State Street, Alpine Road, Dawn Avenue, and Turner Street are blocked off as the investigation continues.

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