McHenry County Deputy killed in shooting at Rockford hotel

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5:15 p.m. -The Illinois State Police have taken Floyd Brown into custody after a multiple-hour standoff in Lincoln, Illinois along I-55.

Brown is being treated for injuries sustained in the crash, according to the Illinois State Police.

3:57 p.m. -The McHenry County Sheriff has confirmed the death of Deputy Jake Keltner, saying:

“We regret to inform you that shortly after 3:30p.m. today Deputy Jacob Keltner has passed away.

Deputy Keltner was shot earlier this morning while attempting to serve an arrest warrant with the U.S. Marshalls Great Lakes Regional Fugitive Task Force.

Deputy Keltner has served the community of McHenry for almost 13 years as a deputy.”

2:15 p.m – Illinois State Police Public Information Officer, Trooper Sean T. Ramsey, says that the McHenry County Deputy shot in Thursday morning’s shooting in Rockford has died.

Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker tweeted out his condolences for the slain deputy.

Statement from Rep. Joe Sosnowski (R-Rockford):

“Our law enforcement personnel put their lives on the line each and every day to protect our community. Our thoughts and prayers are with the officer and their family at this time. I would like to express my appreciation to the multiple law enforcement agencies who responded to the scene and the Illinois State Police who tracked the suspect all the way to central Illinois after he fled. Their bravery and service is exemplary.”

Statement from Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17):

“My heart aches for the McHenry County Sheriff’s 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. 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.”


Illinois State Police engaged in a pursuit with suspect, who is currently stopped on I-55 in Logan County. Police negotiator on-scene. I-55 and Route 60 shut down. 

Rockford Police reponded to the Extended Stay America hotel at 747 N. Bell School Road around 9:15 a.m for a call to assist agents with the U.S. Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force who were serving a warrant.

Police say shots were fired inside the hotel, and outside in the parking lot. Authorities said, at a press conference Thursday afternoon, that a McHenry County Deputy working with U.S. Marshals, was shot outside the hotel.

Authorities named 39-year-old Floyd E. Brown as a suspect.

Brown was wanted for a series of robberies in Bloomington.

Police say Brown, a resident of Springfield, was able to escape the police in Bloomington on Sunday.

Brown was said to be in possession of a rifle.

A female aquaintance of the suspect was found to be in the hotel room, suffering from a gunshot wound, which police say was fired by Brown.

Rockford Police say officers did not fire any rounds at the scene. The woman is said to have suffered a non-life threatening injury.

Rep. Adam Kinzinger
My office and I are monitoring the active shooter situation in Rockford, as we pray for the safety of our community. Please follow the guidance of the Rockford Illinois Police Department as they continue to provide updates. #IL16

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