UPDATE (1/29): The Coroner’s inquests for Rockford Police Officer Jaimie Cox and Eddie Patterson scheduled for this week have been postponed indefinitely.
Winnebago Co. Coroner Bill Hintz has decided to delay the proceedings while he awaits more documentation requested by the States Attorney’s Office.
No new dates have been set.
Coroner’s inquests into the deaths of Rockford Police Officer Jaimie Cox and Eddie Patterson, the man he pulled over for traffic stop – which turned fatal when both men were killed, have been scheduled for next week.
“It’s important to get as many facts out as possible,” said Winnebago County Coroner Bill Hintz.
Cox’s inquest will be on January 31, 2018 at 9:30am at the Winnebago County Coroner’s Office. Patterson’s will be on February 2, 2018 at 9:45am, also at the Coroner’s Office.
The hearings could provide the first real clues into the series of deadly events in the early morning hours of November 5th.
“We have completed all the pieces of the puzzle that we need. The autopsy, toxicology gathering all the reports from police, fire, hospital, whatever it may be to come together for the jury.”
What is known so far is that Cox pulled over Patterson in the area of E. State Street and Dawn Ave. for a license plate which did not match the pickup truck Patterson was driving. Patterson was also driving on a revoked license.
A few minutes later, Cox put out a distress call for assistance. Officers arrived to find Cox suffering from fatal blunt force trauma to his body, apparently from in some way being struck by the pickup truck. Patterson was found nearby dead in his vehicle from a gunshot wound from Cox’s weapon, his pickup hitting a tree so violently it split into two sections.
The Winnebago/Boone County Integrity Task Force is investigating the incident, and the inquest could provide important clues as to the series of events which left both men dead.
Inquests are not unusual for cases where someone has not died from natural causes. Typically, an inquest jury will hear evidence from the Coroner’s Office as a means to determine the cause of death to be listed on the death certificate.
As an example, in December of 2016, a Coroner’s inquest revealed that a family of four killed in a house fire was murdered, with 27-year-old Keandra Austin stabbed to death before the blaze was set, the fire killing her three young children. It also revealed that Austin was pregnant at the time of the murders, which remain unsolved.