MCHENRY COUNTY, Ill. – Friends, family and the law enforcement community continued to mourn the loss of a McHenry County Deputy who was shot and killed Thursday outside a Rockford hotel.
Deputy Jacob Keltner, 35, was shot as he worked with a task force to serve an arrest warrant at Extended Stay Hotel in Rockford. Keltner was a deputy assigned to the U.S. Marshal’s Service.
Authorities have charged Floyd E. Brown, 39, with murder in Keltner’s death.
Brown is believed to have Keltner in the head Thursday in the parking lot of the hotel as Brown attempted to flee the scene.
Brown led police on a chase southbound on Interstate 55 until his vehicle was disabled by spike strips near Lincoln, Illinois.
According to the criminal complaint, as squad cars pursued Brown on I-55 in the Bloomington-Normal area , Brown opened fire on police while he was driving down the expressway. Brown allegedly used his long rifle to fire multiple shots at state police and others.
Investigators are looking at the scenario that Brown used his long rifle the same rifle to kill Keltner.
Brown lost control of his car and crashed. An hours-long standoff followed before eventually surrendering.
Brown is charged with first degree murder by Winnebago County authorities.
He was supposed to appear in court Friday, but he remains hospitalized. He is expected in court Monday.
Federal murder charges will be added, carrying a possible death penalty.
We would like our supporters to know that at this time the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office and the Family of Deputy Jacob Keltner have not set-up or organized any formal fundraising efforts in memory of Deputy Keltner.
We will keep everyone informed as this changes. Thank you. pic.twitter.com/3TX2qJEWXe
— McHenry Co. Sheriff (@McHenrySheriff) March 8, 2019
Keltner was a 12-year veteran of department and comes from a family of law enforcement officers. His father was a Dupage County sheriff’s deputy, a job his brother currently holds. He leaves behind a wife and two children.
A procession will be held Friday starting at 6 p.m. as Keltner’s body is escorted from the coroner’s office back to McHenry County.
PROCESSION FROM ROCKFORD: Fallen McHenry Co. Sheriff’s Dep. Jake Keltner will be escorted from the Winnebago Co. Coroner’s Office back to McHenry Co. The procession will start at 6 pm at the Coroner’s Office (420 W. State), head down S. Main to Bypass 20, 20 to I-90 to Rt. 47.
— RockfordILPolice (@RockfordPD) March 8, 2019