McHenry County Deputy shot in Rockford dies

McHenry County Sheriff's Deputy Jake Keltner

UPDATE: Deputy Jake Keltner of the McHenry County Sheriff’s Department was a 13-year veteran of the force. He was killed Thursday while serving a warrant with the U.S. Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force in Rockford.



A spokesman for the Illinois State Police told our sister station WTVO that the McHenry County Deputy shot in Thursday morning’s shooting in Rockford has died.


ROCKFORD (AP) — A man suspected of shooting an officer Thursday at a northern Illinois hotel and then fleeing the scene has crashed his vehicle along an interstate about 170 miles away, according to police.

Trooper Sean Ramsey said police have several officers and a negotiator at the crash scene. Illinois State Police say the suspect is inside his vehicle and troopers have closed down Interstate 55 in both directions.

Authorities said the suspect, 39-year-old Floyd E. Brown, shot an officer earlier Thursday at a hotel in Rockford as a fugitive task force tried to serve an arrest warrant. He then fled in a vehicle and drove south.
Authorities have not released the condition of the officer who was shot.

Rockford police Lt. Andre Brass said investigators believed Brown was armed when he fled the hotel in a light blue or silver Mercury Grand Marquis.

“Mr. Brown is considered armed and dangerous,” Brass said during a news conference Thursday morning. “Please do not approach.”

Brass said Brown was wanted on several warrants when the task force went to an Extended Stay America hotel in Rockford.

Brass didn’t know what specific crimes the warrants alleged but said Brown was from the Springfield area, in central Illinois.

“We just want to end this incident peacefully with his surrender,” Brass said. “We have prayers for the officer that was hit and we have prayers for the officers that are trying to locate the suspect.”

The officer’s name hasn’t been released, but he was assigned to a Great Lakes regional fugitive task force, U.S. Marshals Service spokeswoman Belkis Cantor Sandoval said.


LOGAN COUNTY, Ill. (WCIA) — Illinois State Police are assisting with the active shooter incident that began in Rockford on Thursday morning.

Officers were engaged in a pursuit with the suspect, who around Noon was stationary inside of his vehicle on Interstate 55 southbound at mile marker 133 in Logan County.

I-55 northbound and southbound are temporarily shut down between mile marker 126 and 134. U.S. Highway 66 is also temporarily shut down.

Illinois State Police SWAT is on scene and crisis negotiation officers are en route.


ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — 45-year-old Floyd E. Brown has been named by Rockford Police as the suspect who allegedly shot an agent for the U.S. Marshal Service Fugitive Task Force who was attempting to serve a warrant Thursday morning at the Extended Stay America hotel at 747 N. Bell School Road.

The condition of the agent is not known.

Police say Brown, a resident of Springfield, was able to escape the police cordon and is still at large.

Brown is said to be in possession of a rifle and is considered armed and dangerous.

He is said to be driving a blue or silver Grand Marquis.

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