Illinois officer killed during traffic stop
By Jennifer Cruz
Jaimie Cox, 30, joined the Rockford Police Department in December 2016. (Photo: Rockford Police Department)
A traffic stop in Rockford early Sunday morning left two people dead, including a police officer who was struck by the vehicle he pulled over.
The Winnebago County coroner’s office confirmed Monday the driver of the vehicle, Eddie Patterson, 49, died from multiple gunshot wounds, according to reports from the Chicago Sun-Times. The officer, Jaimie Cox, 30, died from blunt force trauma caused by Patterson’s vehicle. The officer’s death has been ruled a homicide.
“We are deeply saddened by the death of Officer Jaimie Cox,” Gov. Bruce Rauner said in a statement, according to CBS. “He paid the ultimate price while working to keep our communities safe. My thoughts and prayers are with his family as they find a way to cope with this tragic loss.”
Cox was conducting a traffic stop around 1 a.m. when he radioed for help soon thereafter, according to Rockford Police Chief Dan O’Shea.
Responding officers found a single vehicle accident about two blocks from where the stop originated. Patterson, who was shot multiple times, was discovered inside the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene. Cox was also found suffering from critical injuries. He