Rockford cop killed during traffic stop

A police officer in IL was apparently shot dead during a traffic stop early Sunday, authorities said.

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.

Rockford police are investigating after a police officer died Sunday morning, November 5th.

Cox joined the Rockford department in December 2016, said a city spokeswoman.

Authorities "believe" Cox was shot, but the full details about what happened aren't clear, O'Shea said. He previously worked as an officer with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, according to O'Shea.

Authorities say a police officer and another man were both found dead at the scene of a single-vehicle crash in northern IL. "But again, I don't want to give erroneous information". A short time later, Cox made a brief radio transmission calling for assistance. Eddie Patterson, 49, was inside the auto that crashed. Cox was found critically injured and was transported to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. He was immediately transferred to an area hospital where he later died. Several roads were initially blocked off and passersby were told to stay inside.

"We don't feel the public's at jeopardy", O'Shea said at the briefing.

Cox was hurried to OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center in Rockford, where he was articulated dead, O'Shea said.

At this time, the cause of death for Officer Cox has not been released. The six other officers were killed by gunfire.

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