Police officer was found dead near a road accident in Rockford

Officer Jaimie Cox

The officer, identified as Jamie Cox, made a traffic stop in the area of State Street and Dawn Avenue at about 1 a.m.

Rockford University Police & Department of Public Safety sent a text out to students and staff saying, "A suspect has taken a firearm from a police officer near Rockford University and is at large".

He was transported to OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center in Rockford, where he died as a result of his injuries.

Cox "made a brief radio transmission indicating he needed assistance", according to O'Shea.

A short time later, a group of responding officers found a single-car crash near the location of the initial traffic stop.

A dead person was also located inside the vehicle of the auto crash.

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Around 1:20 a.m., Rockford police on Twitter said it was at a "scene of a shooting including an officer". "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". Inside the auto, investigators tell 23 News a body was found. He was a graduate of Hononegah High School and Northern Illinois University.

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

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

O'Shea says Cox became "entangled" with the auto and fired a shot, but he declined to say how either man died or to provide additional details.

Cox's body was escorted from the hospital to the coroner's office by a procession of hundreds of police officers from jurisdictions across the area.

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