UPDATE 8:00 pm: Illinois State Police released new information about a vehicle chase leading to the arrest of Floyd Brown.
ISP said the incident began at the Extended Stay Hotel in Rockford around 9:15 am with reports of an active shooter. Police said Brown got away in his vehicle and wasn’t spotted again until about 10:45 am on I-39 in McLean County. That’s when a police pursuit began.
During the pursuit, ISP said Brown showed a rifle. That chase lasted about 30 minutes reaching speeds more than 100 mph. The chase ended near Lincoln when an ISP officer hit Brown’s vehicle in an attempt to stop him. Brown’s vehicle slid into a ditch.
When the vehicle stopped, Brown got out of the car then got back in and barricaded himself inside for about six hours. ISP SWAT and ISP crisis negotiators were on scene with several other agencies.
Brown was taken into custody without incident around 5:00 pm. He was taken to a local hospital for non-life threatening injuries related to the crash. He will eventually be turned over to the FBI.
“First and foremost, we would like to extend our deepest condolences to the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office and the family of Deputy Keltner,” stated ISP Acting Director Brendan F. Kelly, “…This dark day has come to an end, and this defendant can now be brought to justice.”
LINCOLN, Ill. (WEEK) — BREAKING 5:10 PM: Floyd Brown, 39, of Springfield, is in custody after an hours-long standoff on I-55 near Lincoln. Brown is the suspect in the fatal shooting of McHenry County Sheriff’s Deputy Jacob Keltner in Rockford, and the shooting of a woman who suffered non life-threatening injuries in the same incident.
UPDATE: McHenry County Sheriff’s Deputy Jacob Keltner was the law enforcement officer killed in today’s shooting in Rockford.
The Illinois State Police said the deputy was working with the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force in arresting Floyd E. Brown, 39, from a Rockford hotel was shot. He later died from his injuries.
The Illinois State Police are still engaged in a standoff with his suspected shooter, Floyd E. Brown, on Interstate 55 near Lincoln. Police said Brown is now communicating with negotiators.
Illinois State Police Trooper Sean Ramsey said I-55 still remains closed in both directions from mile post 126 to mile post 133. Traffic is being diverted through Lincoln. Motorists are asked to avoid the area.
ORIGINAL: Illinois State Police said the suspect in the shooting of a law enforcement officer in Rockford earlier today is currently in a standoff situation with police on Interstate 55 in Logan County.
Floyd E. Brown, 39, is currently inside his stopped vehicle on Interstate 55 at mile post 133, near Lincoln, police said. ISP SWAT and crisis negotiators are en route.
I-55 NB and SB are closed at MP 133. Route 66 is also shut down.
In a press conference, authorities said a McHenry County sheriff’s deputy serving with the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force was shot by Brown at a Rockford hotel. Deputy Jacob Keltner was later pronounced dead.
A woman was found in Brown’s hotel room, also reportedly shot by Brown. The Rockford Police Department said she was treated and released from a Rockford-area hospital.
Police said they fired no shots at the Rockford hotel. It is believed Brown jumped out of his third floor hotel room and fled on foot to a vehicle.
Brown led police on a chase south on Interstate 55 before spinning out near Lincoln. He has reportedly barricaded himself. Crisis negotiators and Illinois State Police SWAT teams are working to defuse the situation. It is believed Brown is armed with an AK-47. A state trooper said he has opened his car door several times, but police have had no real contact with him. He is alone.
LATEST INFORMATION: Additional information will be released when available. Any future briefings will be announced on Twitter our our RPD Facebook page. We appreciate the public’s cooperation in avoiding the area as we continue our investigation. pic.twitter.com/7iD8Os9r1j
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