Suspect in death of McHenry deputy arrested after standoff

Photo Bloomington Police Department – Floyd E Brown

ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) — A man suspected of fatally shooting a sheriff’s deputy and wounding a woman at a Rockford hotel was taken into custody Thursday after an hours-long standoff that began when he crashed his vehicle along an interstate highway, authorities said.

39-year-old Floyd E. Brown was arrested hours after the crash in Lincoln, State Trooper Sean Ramsey said. Police employed flash grenades to disable the suspect after trying for hours to negotiate with him to surrender, Ramsey said.

Brown was taken for treatment at a hospital for several injuries, the cause of which wasn’t immediately known, Ramsey said.

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

Police said a woman described as an acquaintance of Brown suffered non-life-threatening injuries after being hit with one of Brown’s rounds.

Prosecutors in Winnebago County in central Illinois say they have issued a warrant with $5 million bond against Brown for attempted murder. Officials haven’t said when charges against Brown will be upgraded.

The shootings happened Thursday morning at Extended Stay American Hotel as a U.S. Marshal’s Service fugitive task force tried to serve Brown with an arrest warrant. Brown fled the hotel and traveled about 170 miles south to Logan County, police said.