Rockford Police Chief Dan O'Shea announces the officer involved in a traffic stop that led to a shooting has died.
A Rockford police officer was killed overnight in the line of duty.
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 the dead officer, 30-year-old Jaimie Cox, called for backup after making a traffic stop about 1 a.m. Sunday. "Our thoughts and prayers are with Officer Jaimie Cox and his family". A short time later, Cox made a brief radio transmission calling for assistance.
Officers responded to find Cox critically injured, as well as a single-vehicle crash two blocks north. Inside the auto, investigators tell 23 News a body was found. He received an honorable discharge from the U.S. Army National Guard in 2010, and then worked for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources' law enforcement division before joining Rockford's force. Police have not identified that person or indicated the cause of death. Officers additionally found someone else dead inside a vehicle.
Police did not indicate that any arrests had been made in the incident. He was a graduate of Hononegah High School and Northern Illinois University. He was transported to OSF St. Anthony Hospital, where he later died.
State Street will remain blocked for several hours while the investigation continues.
"We don't feel the public's in jeopardy right now", O'Shea said.