ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) – An Illinois man faces federal murder charges in the shooting death of a sheriff's deputy that led to an hourslong standoff with police along an interstate.
Floyd E. Brown is scheduled to appear in court Monday in Rockford, where prosecutors say he fatally shot a deputy working with a U.S. Marshal's Service fugitive task force serving Brown an arrest warrant.
The Chicago Tribune reports Brown remained hospitalized Friday. Brown also faces first-degree murder charges in Winnebago County.
Brown is accused of fatally shooting 35-year-old McHenry County Sheriff's Deputy Jacob Keltner. Police say Brown then fled in a vehicle south before it crashed and the standoff began. It ended with Brown in custody.
Court documents show police found other firearms, weapons and ammunition in the hotel where Brown was staying.
ROCKFORD, Ill. (WEEK) — Condolences from across the state are pouring in for a McHenry County Sheriff’s Deputy killed in the line of duty today in Rockford.
Deputy Jacob Keltner, a 13-year veteran of the sheriff’s office, was assisting the U.S. Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force in apprehending Floyd E. Brown, 39, at a Rockford hotel when he was shot. Keltner died later Thursday.
Deputy Jacob Keltner, who was with McHenry County Sheriff's Office for almost 13 years, was shot outside a hotel where the suspect was staying, Rockford Police Chief Dan O'Shea said. Keltner, who died at a hospital, had a wife and two children.
“For those of us in the McHenry County Sheriffs Office, this is bitter news. 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,” said McHenry County Sheriff Bill Prim.
A suspect accused of fatally shooting an Illinois deputy assigned to a US Marshals task force while the deputy was trying to serve a warrant in Rockford on Thursday morning will face murder charges, authorities said.
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“The people of Illinois join the family of the fallen officer in mourning his loss, and with our deepest gratitude for his courageous service,” said Gov. J.B. Pritzker in a tweet.
Today, we lost a respected member of our community, a man who served the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office for the last 13 years with honor and courage,” said U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Channahon). “The death of Deputy Sheriff Jake Keltner is a devastating loss, and my heartfelt prayers are with his family and loved ones.”
My heart aches for the McHenry County Sheriffs deputy who was shot and killed this morning – and I join the community of Rockford and all Americans to pray for him and his family,” said U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-Moline). “As the wife of a sheriff, I know today is the nightmare any family of a law enforcement officer fears and the phone call one prays they never have to pick up. Our brave law enforcement officers put their lives on the line for our communities, and I want to thank the first responders who were at the scene today.
Deputy Keltner was on the northeast side of the hotel. After allegedly firing at officers through the hotel door, Brown jumped from a third-story window and allegedly shot Deputy Keltner in the head. Brown fled on I-55 where he was later caught and arrested after a standoff.
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Brown was taken into custody by Illinois State Police on Interstate 55 in Lincoln shortly after 5 p.m. after an hours-long standoff.