Rockford police officer killed following traffic stop

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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.

Jamie Cox served as resource officer with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources before joining the Rockford Police Department in September 2016. Police are releasing few details during the course of the investigation.

O'Shea later said that authorities believed a shooting took place, but would not say if Cox or the other person was shot. "But again, I don't want to give erroneous information".

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 morning. He called for assistance a short time later.

According to police, Another person was also discovered dead inside the vehicle. Eddie Patterson, 49, was inside the auto that crashed.

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A text alert early Sunday morning from Rockford University warned students to stay inside because of an armed and unsafe suspect who took an officer's firearm. The roads were later reopened.

O'Shea said the public was not at risk.

Rockford Police Chief Dan O'Shea says the thoughts and prayers of the department are with the family of Officer Cox. The line of blue-and-red flashing lights stretched across downtown as area law enforcement paid tribute to Cox.

Rockford police posted on Twitter and Facebook around 1:20 a.m., which the department was "on the scene of a shooting involving an officer".

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