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ROCKFORD — Au­thor­i­ties in north­ern Illi­nois are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the deaths of a po­lice of­fi­cer and a driver who were found dead af­ter an ap­par­ent al­ter­ca­tion dur­ing a traf­fic stop.

Po­lice said Ed­die Pat­ter­son, 49, was driv­ing with a re­voked li­cense in a truck with ex­pired li­cense plates Sun­day morn­ing when he was pulled over by 30- year- old Rockford Po­lice Of­fi­cer Jaimie Cox, the Rockford Reg­is­ter Star re­ported.

Cox was found en­tan­gled in the truck, which had crashed into a tree, and Pat­ter­son was found with mul­ti­ple gun­shot wounds. In­ves­ti­ga­tors be­lieve Cox opened fire at Pat­ter­son, but it’s un­clear when.

De­tec­tives with the Win­nebago- Boone County In­tegrity Task Force will ex­am­ine phys­i­cal ev­i­dence to de­ter­mine the se­quence of events be­cause no use­ful video footage has been found from the in­ci­dent. De­tec­tives also will be con­duct­ing ad­di­tional in­ter­views and wait­ing for the re­sults of a de­tailed crash re­con­struc­tion, said Illi­nois State Po­lice Mas­ter Sgt. Sam Thomas, com­man­der of the task force.

“We are still try­ing to wade through all the in­for­ma­tion and see how ev­ery­thing meshes to­gether to see if we can get an­swers,” Thomas said.

Pat­ter­son’s fam­ily said they want an­swers as to what hap­pened. The fam­ily said Pat­ter­son was un­armed and had been on the right side of the law for nearly a decade.

“I know my brother,” said Jossie Pat­ter­son. “He was not a bad guy. Any­one who knew Ed­die knew he was a good per­son.”

Rockford com­mu­nity mem­bers at­tend a vigil for Jaimie Cox on Mon­day. | KAYLI PLOTNER/ ROCKFORD REG­IS­TER STAR VIA AP

Jaimie Cox

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