Illinois Police Officer Dies Following Traffic Stop

Kayli Plotner and Kevin Haas
ROCKFORD, Illinois — A Rockford police officer and a 49-year-old man died early Sunday after authorities said the two were engaged in a scuffle and the officer then became entangled with the man’s pick up during a traffic stop.
Police identified Jaimie Cox, 30, as the officer who died.
Cox, a Hononegah High School graduate, joined the department in December 2016. He previously worked for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources’ Law Enforcement Division and had served in the U.S. Army National Guard.
O’Shea said it is believed that Cox fired his weapon during the scuffle, but exactly how he died is still unclear. Police are releasing few details during the course of the investigation, whi…
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