A Rockford Police Officer was killed during traffic stop

The incident occurred early Sunday morning

ROCKFORD, Illinois (WTVO) - A Rockford police officer was killed along with another person in a shooting which led to a crash after a traffic stop.
In a morning news briefing, Rockford Police Chief Dan O'Shea says the incident occurred shortly after 1 a.m. 
The officer identified as 30-year-old Jaimie Cox made a traffic stop where he made a brief call indicating he was in distress.
Responding officers found him to be critically injured, reportedly by a gunshot wound. Officer Cox was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.
A dead person was also located inside the vehicle of the car crash. That person's identity has not been released.  It is unclear at this hour if that person was the shooter or if the shooter remains at large. Although, police say there is no danger to the public at this time.
The Rockford Fire Department tweeted a statement saying, "It is with a heavy heart that we mourn the loss of Officer Cox. Our thoughts and prayers are with Officer Jaimie Cox and his family."
The body of officer Cox was transported to the Winnebago County Coroner's Office by a police procession.
Cox joined the force in December of 2016.


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