Rockford Police Officer Killed During Traffic Stop

Rockford Police Officer Killed During Traffic Stop

Rockford Police Officer Killed During Traffic Stop

Another person was also found dead inside the vehicle, according to police. Shortly after, Cox made a radio call for assistance.

Rockford Police Chief Dan O'Shea says the thoughts and prayers of the department are with the family of Officer Cox. Officers arrived on the scene and found a single-vehicle auto crash about two blocks north of the initial traffic stop.

Around 1:20 a.m., Rockford police on Twitter said it was at a "scene of a shooting including an officer".

A Rockford police officer was killed early Sunday and another person was found dead in a vehicle when a traffic stop led to a reported shooting.

The Winnebago County Coroner's office could not immediately confirm the fatalities, and further details were not available.

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O'Shea said Cox became "entangled" with the vehicle and fired a shot, but he declined to say how either man died or to provide additional details. "The area is still blocked off of the incident, the detectives are out there working".

Cox, who started working for the Rockford Police Department in December 2016, was escorted to the Winnebago County coroner's office Sunday morning by police from Rockford and surrounding jurisdictions.

Prior to joining the Rockford PD, Cox served as part of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. He was transported to OSF St. Anthony Hospital, where he later died.

Rockford Police Chief Dan O'Shea held a media briefing around 3:30 a.m.to make an update on the situation.

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