A man suspected of shooting an officer Thursday at a northern Illinois hotel before fleeing the scene has crashed his vehicle along an interstate about 170 miles (273.5 kilometers) away, according to police. (March 7)
ROCKFORD, Illinois – A sheriff’s deputy trying to serve an arrest warrant on a parole violator died Thursday of gunshot wounds inflicted by the suspect, who fled the scene and led police on a 150-mile manhunt before his car crashed off an Illinois interstate.
The suspect, identified as Floyd Brown, 39, was wanted on multiple warrants from Illinois police agencies and had violated terms of his parole.
He barricaded himself inside his car for several hours after crashing on Interstate 55 near Bloomington, Illinois. He was taken into custody around 5 p.m. CT, said Illinois State Police Sgt. Delila Garcia.
Police say Brown, who was staying at an Extended Stay America with a female acquaintance, allegedly fired on the officer with a rifle, then fled by apparently jumping out a third-floor window and sped away in his own vehicle.
The officer, Jacob Keltner, was pronounced dead shortly after 3:30 pm CT, according to the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office.
Keltner was a McHenry County sheriff’s officer assigned to a U.S. Marshal fugitive task force and was a 12-1/2 year veteran of the department. He was rushed to a hospital in critical condition and died about six hours later.
Police said Brown shot his female companion was shot during the ordeal but her wounds were not life-threatening. She was treated and released from the hospital Thursday afternoon, police said.
The interstate was shut down in both directions for most of the day as a SWAT team stood ready to pounce.
Rockford Deputy Police Chief John Pozzi said the incident unfolded Thursday morning when members of the task force attempted to serve multiple warrants, including parole violations, on Brown.
Pozzi said Brown shot the McHenry County deputy with a rifle.
“The suspect fled prior to the large law enforcement response,” Pozzi said. No shots were fired by law enforcement officers, he said.
Police did not offer any details on the arrest warrants, but Brown had a lengthy rap sheet, including multiple incidents in which he had been charged with domestic battery, according to court records.
He was convicted in March 2013 for a series of burglaries in McLean and Macon counties and sentenced to 13 years in state prison, according to McLean County court records.
Brown was arrested in Sangamon County on June 8, 2018 for disorderly conduct. A woman filed for an order of protection against Floyd that same day. He was cited by Illinois State Police for driving 35 miles per hour over the speed limit that same month.
In November 2017, he received a two-day sentence for resisting arrest. He plead guilty in 2013 after being charged in 2010 with felony vehicle invasion, domestic battery, aggravated battery and endangering the life of a child, court records show.
Rockford is about 90 miles northwest of Chicago, close to the Wisconsin border. Dozens of law enforcement vehicles could be seen rushing from the Chicago area to Rockford shortly after the shooting was reported.
The hotel where Brown was staying is just off Interstate 90, nestled among several hotels and fast-food restaurants. Illinois State Police had cordoned off several blocks around the hotel.
Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker monitored the situation as it unfolded Thursday.
“My immediate thoughts and prayers are with the officer shot, his family, first responders & residents affected by this situation,” he said.
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