ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) — A man fatally shot a sheriff’s deputy and wounded a woman Thursday at an Illinois hotel before crashing his vehicle along an interstate highway while trying to flee police, and “negotiation efforts” were underway, authorities said.
Deputy Jacob Keltner, 35, a 12 ½-year veteran of the McHenry County Sheriff’s Department, was pronounced dead at the hospital Thursday afternoon, spokesman David Dezane said.
Prosecutors in Winnebago County in central Illinois said they have issued a warrant with a $5 million bond against Floyd E. Brown, 39, for attempted murder when the deputy was listed in critical condition. It wasn’t immediately clear whether the charge
would be upgraded.
Police said a woman described as an acquaintance of Brown suffered non-life-threatening injuries after being hit with one of Brown’s rounds.
The shootings happened Thursday morning at a Rockford 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 (273.5 kilometers) south to Logan County, police said.
“He is still inside his vehicle off the interstate in a field in a rural area,” Illinois State Police Master Sgt. Sam Thomas said. “Negotiation efforts
are in process.”
Interstate 55 is closed in both directions. The wounded officer, who police didn’t identify, was a McHenry County sheriff’s deputy assigned to the fugitive task force.
Earlier Thursday Rockford police Lt. Andre Brass said police believe Brown has a rifle and should be “considered armed and dangerous.”