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Rockford Shooter Floyd Brown To Appear In Court Today

CHICAGO (CBS)—The man charged with killing a McHenry County Sheriff’s Deputy is due back in court today.

Federal and state prosecutors have both charged 39-year old Floyd Brown with murder.

Jacob Keltner (Credit: Facebook)

Floyd Brown, 39, was identified as the gunman who shot a sheriff’s deputy serving an arrest warrant at a Rockford hotel on March 7, 2019. (Source: Illinois Department of Corrections)

Brown is accused of shooting through the door of his Rockford hotel room at a U.S. Marshals’ task force.

Officers were there on March 7 to serve him with an arrest warrant.

Brown jumped out of the window, and police say he then shot 35-year-old Deputy Jacob Keltner in the parking lot.

Brown was later arrested in downstate Lincoln.

Keltner, of Crystal Lake, was a married father of two children.

 

 

 

A Letter From The Wife Of Slain McHenry County Deputy Jacob Keltner

CHICAGO (CBS) —  McHenry County Deputy Jacob Keltner’s wife is speaking out after he was killed in a shooting at a Rockford hotel while serving an arrest warrant Thursday morning.

Jacob Keltner (Credit: Facebook)

Rockford Police Deputy Chief John Pozzi said Keltner was assigned to a U.S. Marshals Service task force that was serving an arrest warrant on 39-year-old Floyd Brown at the Extended Stay America hotel in Rockford around 9:15 a.m. Thursday.

According to the U.S. Marshals Service, Brown used a rifle to fire shots through the door as officers approached his hotel room. Brown also shot at the officers as he fled the hotel, striking Keltner.

Keltner was taken to Mercy Health Javon Bea Hospital in critical condition, where he later died.

Sources said Brown later fired shots at Illinois State Police during a chase on Interstate 55, before he spun out near the town of Lincoln, in Logan County, about halfway between Bloomington and Springfield. Illinois State Police Master Sgt. Sam Thomas said Brown crashed in a field in a rural area far from any populated areas, and barricaded himself in his vehicle.

He was taken into custody around 5 p.m. that day.

Now Keltner’s wife has released the following letter to share who her husband was:

I am writing this letter because my husband, Jacob Keltner, should be remembered not as another statistic but as a man, a great man, who sacrificed his life to protect others.

Jake is the love of my life. We met at Western Illinois University in January 2004 and were inseparable. We married in 2007 and soon after I got a teaching job and we both focused on our careers doing what we love. In 2012 we were overjoyed to add Caleb (who is going to be president someday) to our family and then Carson (my fiery red head) blessed us in 2014. Jake and I agreed that I would leave teaching to dedicate all of my time to raise our boys, and it has been the best time of my life and our marriage. We loved each other fiercely. He was a tough guy but a secret sweetheart. He surprised me with the best gifts, nights out, and heartfelt notes. He would do things he hated with me (like seeing a ballet) because he knew how much I loved it. He supported every endeavor I ever took on and was there for me every second when my mom recently passed away. I was so lucky to have found a love so good and a man worth spending my life with.

He was a die-hard Chicago Cubs fan with me and we almost died watching the 2016 World Series together. He loved adventure. He would try anything — bungee jumping, zip lining, white water rafting and more with a high smile on his face. Some of those he made me do with him, and he would hold my hand the whole time. He was brave and he made me braver.

My husband was a “cop’s cop.” He loved everything about his job and looked forward to going to work every day. He was a true patriot who wanted to protect the people of this country so I knew when he was selected for a position on the U.S. Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force, I couldn’t have stopped him from taking the job if I tried. I knew it was dangers, but he was smart, strong, and great at what he did. I knew he would protect his fellow officers like he protected our family.

Then I received the one phone call every police officer’s wife has nightmares about, only this time the nightmare was real. Now I find myself a 33 year old widow, mother of two young boys who no longer have their daddy. It feels unreal. I have screamed. I have cried. Nothing can make this better.

He was an amazing dad. He always found ways to have fun with the boys. The night before he died he was teaching them how to catch and throw to get ready for little league. He built forts and set up family movie nights and “boy’s nights” with the kids. We spend our summer relaxing and swimming in the pool. Deemed “the baby whisperer” he was the only one who could get Carson to stop crying as a baby by singing to him. Telling my children he was taken from us was the worst moment of my life. They are innocent and pure and certainly do not deserve this. They will never know their daddy like they deserve. They won’t know him as a jokester. They won’t know his contagious smile and his infectious laugh. He was taken from them far too soon.

Being a cope’s wife is not easy. It’s long days and nights where you don’t know when they’re coming home. It’s the constant worry that something will happen to them. It’s keeping the kids quiet when daddy needs to sleep for a few hours. It’s going to events alone because they have to work and him always having to look over his shoulder when we were out together. But I am so very proud of him. He wanted to make the world a better place and he did make it a better place for my family. He was my rock. He supported me through thick and thin. He was my everything and we didn’t have enough time. I need him and I don’t know how to keep on going without him. I would give anything for one more hug, one more ‘I love you,’ or one more joke from the man I love so much.

There are no words to sum up a man who meant so much to me and to so many others. My only wish is to have a world where we stop hating each other. I am overwhelmed with the support I have been given from people everywhere these past few days. I see you. You are good just like my husband was. I will keep that in my heart forever. No matter who you are, every person has a story and people who love them. Every person has hopes and dreams. We need to accept and thrive on our differences. It’s what our country was built on. It’s what Jake believed in, even after everything he had seen. It’s what I believe in. He saw the worst of the worst every day but still had so much love in his heart. He was true and loyal. We all need to show each other love. Lift each other up. It’s the only way to stop the unconscionable madness.

A letter from Becki Keltner

 

 

Man Charged In Murder Of Deputy At Rockford Hotel Due In Court

CHICAGO (CBS) — The man charged with killing a McHenry County Sheriff’s Deputy at a Rockford hotel was scheduled to make his first court appearance Monday.

Winnebago County prosecutors and federal prosecutors both have charged 39-year-old Floyd Brown with murder in the death of Deputy Jacob Keltner. Brown faces federal charges because Keltner, 35. was working with a U.S. Marshals Service fugitive task force on Thursday, when the deputy was killed outside the Extended Stay America hotel in Rockford.

Jacob Keltner (Credit: Facebook)

Authorities said the task force was trying to get into Brown’s third-floor hotel room, when Brown opened fire with a high-powered assault rifle and shot through the hotel door, wounding his girlfriend, who was in the room with him. Brown then jumped out a window, and shot Keltner in the head in the parking lot, before fleeing the scene in his Mercury Grand Marquis.

Keltner, a 12-year veteran with the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office, was taken to the hospital in critical condition, and died hours later.

Sources said Brown fired shots at Illinois State Police during a chase on Interstate 55, before he spun out more than 150 miles away from Rockford, near the town of Lincoln. Following an hourslong standoff, he was arrested Thursday evening, and taken to the hospital.

Floyd Brown, 39, was identified as the gunman who shot a sheriff’s deputy serving an arrest warrant at a Rockford hotel on March 7, 2019. (Source: Illinois Department of Corrections)

His first court appearance on the federal charges has been scheduled for 1 p.m. Monday at the federal courthouse in Rockford.

Keltner, a husband and father of two, was described by those who know him as an honest and caring man. Visitation for Keltner has been scheduled for Tuesday in Huntley, from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. His funeral has been scheduled for 10 a.m. Wednesday at Woodstock North High School.

Law Enforcement, Onlookers Honor Fallen Deputy Jacob Keltner As He Arrives At Funeral Home

CHICAGO (CBS) — The body of slain deputy Jacob Keltner, who was killed in Thursday’s shooting in Rockford, was taken to a funeral home where loved ones will begin the process of saying goodbye.

The McHenry County sheriff’s deputy was helping a federal task force serve an arrest warrant Thursday when he was shot and killed at a Rockford hotel.

Law enforcement gathered to salute the fallen deputy as he was carried by hearse to a Huntley funeral home.

Lines of people paid their respects along the route from the Winnebago County Coroner’s Office.

The aftermath of Thursday’s gun violence can be seen on David Ott’s Rock Valley Garden Center. It’s next to the hotel where the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force showed up looking for wanted for burglary and a parole violation.

“You lose business, but at the same time we’re more worried about the officer’s life that was lost,” Ott said. “You can’t repair that.”

Court documents show officers tried to open a locked room announcing police were on scene.

Investigators say the accused gunman, 39-year-old Floyd Brown, fired bullets through the wall and door.

Brown hopped out a third story window and is accused of shooting Keltner in the head before taking off in his car.

Police say Brown shot at them before he was eventually arrested after a standoff in Lincoln.

Rockford’s police chief said he can’t say how Brown got the weapon.

“No, that will be a part of the investigative follow up being done by the agencies,” he said.

For now, grieving police, deputies and friends follow up with support in numbers, as the flag draped coffin acts as a reminder of the sacrifice that can come with law enforcement service.

Suspected Rockford Shooter Hospitalized, Expected In Court Next Week

CHICAGO (CBS) — The man who shot and killed a McHenry County deputy is still in the hospital but is expected in court next week, police say.

During the investigation the FBI and Rockford police taped off more than half the parking lot, and officers walked in and out of the hotel, which is open today.

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But the hotel is not the only local business affected by the crime.

“We had one employee heard a loud bang,” said Daid Ott.

Ott’s Rock Valley Garden Center turned into an FBI crime scene Friday after he said a bullet struck the side of the store Thursday morning.

“You lose business, but at the same time, we’re more worried about the officer’s life that was lost,” he said. “You can’t repair that.”

Ott’s store is right next to the hotel where a task force showed up looking for Floyd Brown, wanted for burglary and a parole violation. Court documents state that task force officers tried to open a locked room door and announced that police were on scene.

Floyd Brown, 39, was identified as the gunman who shot a sheriff’s deputy serving an arrest warrant at a Rockford hotel on March 7, 2019. (Source: Illinois Department of Corrections)

Deputy Jacob Keltner was in the parking lot.

Investigators said a man started yelling inside the room, a woman said she wanted to get out, and then bullets started flying through the wall and door at task force officers.

Documents state Brown hopped out a third story window and shot Keltner in the head before taking off in his Mercury Grand Marquis.

Rockford’s police chief said he can’t say how Brown got the weapon.

“No, that will be a part of the investigative follow up being done by the agencies.”

Documents also state Brown fired at police with a long rifle during a chase.

Police arrested Brown Thursday evening after a standoff in Lincoln.

Ott said he doesn’t just run a business at the garden center. It’s his family’s home. But his family isn’t all that’s on his mind.

“This is out of the norm,” he said. “Our prayers go to the family of the slain officer.”

CBS 2 has also learned through court records that a woman requested a protection order against Brown last year, but it was not granted due to insufficient evidence.

Police say the woman in the hotel room with Brown was his girlfriend.

Officers have not given any update on her condition or where or who she is.

First Court Appearance Postponed For Man Charged With Killing Deputy At Rockford Hotel

CHICAGO (CBS) — The man arrested for killing a McHenry County Sheriff’s deputy at a Rockford hotel originally was supposed to make his first court appearance Friday in federal court, but officials said that hearing has been postponed, because he has not yet been transferred from his cell in central Illinois.

Floyd Brown, 39, was arrested near downstate Lincoln, after an hourslong standoff with police along Interstate 55. He had fled the scene of the Extended Stay America hotel in Rockford after he allegedly shot and killed Deputy Jacob Keltner.

The deputy was assigned to a U.S. Marshals Service fugitive task force as they were serving an arrest warrant on Brown. While the task force was trying to get into Brown’s third floor hotel room, Brown shot at them through the door.

Brown then jumped out a window, and shot Keltner in the head in the parking lot. He fled the scene in his Mercury Grand Marquis before other officers responding to a call about the shooting could arrive to secure the scene.

Brown has been charged with one count of murder in federal court, because he was shooting at federal agents. He could face the death penalty if convicted.

He had been scheduled to make an initial appearance before a federal judge in Rockford at 10 a.m., but that hearing was later stricken. Authorities said he had not yet been transferred from custody in Logan County to the federal lockup in Rockford. His initial hearing has been rescheduled for Monday at 1 p.m., and Brown has been assigned a public defender.

According to the charges in the case, Brown’s girlfriend was in the hotel room at the time of the shooting, and was trying to flee, when Brown opened fire with a high-powered assault rifle, and shot through the hotel room door. She was wounded in the attack, and was being questioned by authorities.

Brown allegedly shot Keltner while fleeing the hotel. Keltner, 35, was taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead hours later. He leaves behind a wife and two children.

Fellow law enforcement officers said he comes from a long line of service and was a dedicated family man who is truly going to be missed.

“He’s a very hard-working, loving, caring deputy that has been with the sheriff’s office for almost 13 years; and there’s no adequate words to express what a great person he is,” McHenry County Sheriff’s Det. Sandra Rogers said.

Squad cars stretched for miles Thursday night, as Keltner’s body was escorted from the hospital to the coroner’s office. Funeral arrangements have not yet been announced.

Procession Held For McHenry County Sheriff’s Deputy Killed In Rockford Shooting

CHICAGO (CBS) — Squads as far as they eye could see stretched about two miles in a show of respect and great sorrow along Rockford’s roads Thursday night as police, first responders and neighbors paid their respects for Deputy Jacob Keltner, who was killed in a shooting at a Rockford hotel Thursday morning.

“Every day we wake up, and those of us with children and spouses, we give them a kiss goodbye,” said Det. Sandra Rogers. “And we don’t know if we’ll ever see them again. And this is something we do because we love our community. We support our community. It’s not a job. It’s a calling.”

Keltner, 35, had a wife and two children.

Fellow law enforcement officers said he comes from a long line of service and was a dedicated family man who is truly going to be missed.

“There’s been too many of our officers killed this past year and too many of them who have served for all of us and taken on a duty. They’re supposed to protect and not be shot or killed,” said one onlooker at the procession.

Keltner was shot while helping a federal task force serve an arrest warrant at that hotel.

The Rockford Police Department’s procession began around 8 p.m. where the deputy took his final breaths, at Mercyhealth’s Javon Bea Hospital.

Lines of squad cars carried friends and people who’ve never met the deputy, creating lines of light. It was a caravan of grief with the Winnebago County Coroner’s Office as its destination.

“He’s a very hard working, loving, caring deputy that has been with the sheriff’s office for almost 13 years. And there’s no adequate words to express what a great person he is,” Rogers said.

“It’s heart wrenching to see, in a good way, to see how much support he got and received today. It’s amazing,” said another onlooker.