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ROCKFORD - Few details have been released and many questions remain over the events that led to the deaths of Rockford Police Officer Jaimie Cox and Rockford resident Eddie Patterson following a Nov. 5 traffic stop.

Nearly a week after the incident, no major announcements have been made regarding what happened in the moments after Cox radioed for help and officers responded to the scene blocks away from State Street and Dawn Avenue just after 1 a.m. last Sunday.

The Winnebago-Boone Integrity Task Force was activated to investigate the incident after it was learned Cox had fired his weapon during the traffic stop. Authorities said Cox became entangled in Patterson's truck during a scuffle.

No video, including body camera or police car dash camera footage, is available to investigators since Cox was not equipped with either.

The task force is scrutinizing the crash that followed the initial stop, with Patterson's truck slamming into a tree near the Unitarian Universalist Church. Authorities said Patterson was unarmed during the traffic stop that was prompted by his truck having improper license plates not matching the vehicle.

Autopsy results showed Cox died from injuries sustained in the violent crash while Patterson died from multiple gunshot wounds, according to the Winnebago County Coroner's Office.

Cox, a 2006 Hononegah Community High School graduate, served in the U.S. National Guard before joining the Illinois Department of Natural Resources law enforcement division. Cox joined the Rockford Police Department in December of last year. He was 30-years-old.

A spokesperson for Patterson's family said he worked at the BMO Harris Bank Center for 14 years and was a graduate of Guilford High School. He was 49-years-old.

Illinois State Police Master Sergeant Sam Thomas, who heads the task force, could not be reached for further comment on the investigation.

Visitation for Officer Cox is scheduled today from 3-9 p.m. at First Free Evangelical Church, 2223 N. Mulford Road, in Rockford. The law enforcement walk-through is set for 6 p.m. today. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the church. A police procession will accompany Officer Cox after the service. The services are open to all law enforcement and community members.

Donations are being accepted for the Jaimie Cox Memorial Fund at Alpine Bank locations.

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