McHenry County Deputy Sheriff Jake Keltner (McHenry County Sheriff)

UPDATE: McHenry County Officer Has Died After Shooting In Rockford

Suspect in death of Illinois deputy arrested after standoff

March 07, 2019 - 1:49 pm
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ROCKFORD (WBBM NEWSRADIO/AP) -- A man suspected of fatally shooting a sheriff's deputy and wounding a woman at an Illinois hotel was taken into custody Thursday after an hourslong standoff that began when he crashed his vehicle along an interstate highway, authorities said.

Floyd E. Brown, 39, was arrested hours after the crash in central Illinois, State Trooper Sean Ramsey said. Officers employed flash grenades to disable Brown after trying for hours to negotiate with him to surrender, police said.

Brown, of Springfield, was taken to a hospital to be treated for several injuries. It wasn't immediately known what caused the injuries, Ramsey said.

Floyd E. Brown
Illinois Department of Corrections via AP

Brown is accused of fatally shooting 35-year-old Deputy Jacob Keltner, a 12 ½-year veteran of the McHenry County Sheriff's Office in northern Illinois. Keltner was pronounced dead at a hospital several hours after he was shot, spokesman David Dezane said.

Police said a 25-year-old woman described as an acquaintance of Brown suffered injuries that weren't life-threatening after being hit with one of Brown's rounds. She was treated at a hospital and released.

No shots were fired by law enforcement during the incident, authorities said.

Rockford police were called about 9:15 a.m. Thursday morning after a man with a rifle opened fire at U.S. Marshals Service Task Force officers who were serving an arrest warrant at the Extended Stay America hotel at 747 Bell School Road in Rockford, police said during a press briefing Tuesday morning.

One of the officers, a member of the McHenry County Sheriff's Department, was hit. U.S. Marshals Service spokeswoman Belkis Sandoval said the officer was part of the task force serving the warrant.

That officer was Jake Keltner.

"Deputy Keltner was an integral part of our office, someone who had risen quickly to greater responsibilities after he was first sworn in in 2006. He was loved and respected by all his colleagues, and he will be sorely missed," McHenry County Sheriff Bill Prim said in a prepared statement.

The suspect, 39-year-old Floyd E. Brown, ran from the hotel room after the shooting, police said. He drove off in a silver or light blue Mercury Grand Marquis with an Illinois license plate of BFI3112.

Illinois State Police said troopers pursued the vehicle until it stopped on southbound I-55 near milepost 133 near Lincoln in downstate Logan County. Lincoln is about 40 miles northeast of Springfield.

Brown was taken into custody, authorities said early Thursday evening.

Prosecutors in Winnebago County in northern Illinois initially issued a warrant with $5 million bond against Brown for attempted murder. State's Attorney Marilyn Hite Ross said the charge was upgraded to first-degree murder after Keltner died. A spokeswoman for the U.S. attorney's office said Brown also will face a federal murder charge in the death of the deputy, who was assisting federal law enforcement when he was shot.

McHenry County Sheriff Bill Prim called Keltner a "great guy" whose father and brother serve in law enforcement in suburban Chicago.

"Jake was a fine young man who leaves a wife and two young children," Prim said. "We are going to miss him."

Keltner was the first officer in the department to die in the line of duty in three years, Prim said.

From 2009 to 2019, 73 officers were killed nationwide while attempting to serve warrants, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page, a nonprofit group that keeps track of officer fatalities nationwide.

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