According to authorities, an Illinois police officer died Sunday after he was seriously injured during a traffic stop.
Reportedly, the Rockford police officer was in the middle of a traffic stop early Sunday morning when he called dispatch for extra assistance. Police responding to the call found police officer Jaimie Cox, suffering from life-threatening injuries.
Officer Cox was rushed to a local hospital, but later died. It is unclear how Cox was injured or what led to his death.
Another person found at the scene was killed in a car crash.
Rockford police initially said on Twitter that officers were responding to a “shooting involving an officer,” but they did not specify who was shot.
They put out a statement at 5am local time. It reads:
“On Sunday, November 5, 2017 shortly after 1:00 a.m., an officer from the Rockford Police Department made a traffic stop in the area of State Street and Dawn Avenue. A short time later, the officer made a brief radio transmission indicating he needed assistance.
Officers responded to the area and located a single vehicle car crash approximately two blocks north of the initial traffic stop. Officers located the original responding officer who was critically injured. The officer was transported to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries.
A deceased person was also located inside the vehicle of the car crash.
No names are being released at this time.
Citizens are advised to avoid the following areas while Rockford Police continues its investigation:
State Street from Flintridge Drive to Dawn Avenue (westbound traffic)
Turner Street from Flintridge Drive to Ridgeview Avenue
Dawn Avenue from Raven Street to Ridgeview Avenue
Raven Street from Dawn Avenue to Ridgeview Avenue
This is an active investigation. No further details are available at this time. Additional information may be released as it becomes available.
The Rockford Police Department is asking anyone with information regarding this incident to contact the Rockford Police Department Investigations Bureau at 779-500-6551 or CrimeStoppers at 815-963-7867.”
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