Rockford officer dead after traffic stop goes awry

Chief Dan O'Shea announces the death of Officer Jaimie Cox during a media briefing early Sunday

During a morning news briefing, Chief O'Shea says Officer Jaimie Cox was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital, after he suffered life threatening injuries.

The officer identified as 30-year-old Jaimie Cox made a traffic stop where he made a brief call indicating he was in distress.

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.

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.

Rockford police have not released the cause of death but they believe a shooting occurred.




"The body of officer Cox was transported to the Winnebago County Coroner's Office by a police procession". Although, police say there is no danger to the public at this time. "The area is still blocked off of the incident, the detectives are out there working". "To the extent suspects, we don't feel people in general is in risk at the present time".

Officer Jaimie Cox started working for the Rockford Police Department in December 2016. "Continue supporting us, pray for Jaimie, pray for his wife, pray for his family, and pray for us as we get through this hard time".

He beforehand filled in as an officer for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, O'Shea said.

The Rockford Police Department also expressed its gratitude for the outpouring of support is has received.

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