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Police officer manages to kill driver before dying in line of duty during traffic stop gone wrong

By Mason White 7:28 AM November 8, 2017
Officer Jaimie Cox and Eddie Patterson

A police officer who lost his life in the line of duty managed to fatally shoot a suspect before he died.

The Illinois police officer initiated a traffic stop of a pickup truck
after noticing that the license plates didn’t match the vehicle, police said.

Sadly, the 1:00 a.m. traffic stop went very wrong.

Police said that Rockford Officer Jaimie Cox, 30, pulled over 49-year-old Eddie Patterson.

At some point, Cox indicated over the radio that he needed assistance, Rockford Police Chief Dan O’Shea said.

When the officers responded, they found Cox about two blocks from the initial stop.

He was lying on the ground next to the suspect’s pickup truck and he was seriously injured.

Officers immediately began administering first aid and transported Officer Cox to OSF St. Anthony Medical Center, where he died as a result of his injuries.

An autopsy revealed that the officer died of blunt force trauma, which may have been caused when the pickup crashed into him.

Patterson was found dead inside the vehicle. An autopsy revealed that he was shot by the officer during the traffic stop.
The suspect died from a single gunshot wound.