A Rockford police officer has died in the line of duty after a traffic stop and apparent shooting early Sunday morning.
The officer, identified as Jamie Cox, made a traffic stop in the area of State Street and Dawn Avenue at about 1 a.m.
Officers returning to the scene found Cox, who was critically wounded, around a one-vehicle wreck approximately two blocks north of the original traffic stop, O'Shea stated. Officers arrived on the scene and found a single-vehicle auto crash about two blocks north of the initial traffic stop. Officer Cox was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.
Authorities say a police officer and another man were both found dead at the scene of a single-vehicle crash in northern IL.
Cox's body was escorted by Rockford Police officers from OSF to the coroner's office earlier this morning. "It is believed that officer Cox fired his weapon during this incident".
The Winnebago County Coroner's office could not immediately confirm the fatalities, and further details were not available.More news: Trump Condemns Vehicle Attack in New York That Killed Eight
"Our thoughts and prayers are with Jamie, Jamie's family and his wife", O'Shea said.
O'Shea said although roads are still closed near the scene, the public is not in danger.
The Rockford Fire Department tweeted a statement saying, "It is with a heavy heart that we mourn the loss of Officer Cox". The suspect is considered armed and unsafe.
Rockford police have not confirmed if the suspect did in fact take Cox's gun.
A city spokeswoman says Cox joined the Rockford department last December.
The investigation continued late Sunday afternoon.