March 9, 2019
Floyd E. Brown.
I don’t know what brand of darkie I’m looking at here, but here’s what I do know: if I were tasked with serving him an arrest warrant, I’d ensure I was wearing a bulletproof vest first.
A man who allegedly shot and killed a local officer assigned to the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force at a hotel in Rockford was taken into custody without incident around 5 p.m. Thursday.
McHenry County sheriff’s officers were assisting the U.S. Marshals Great Lakes Regional Fugitive Task Force to serve an arrest warrant on 39-year-old Floyd E. Brown of Springfield at the Extended Stay America at 747 North Bell School Road around 9:15 a.m. Thursday.
Brown was wanted on a number of warrants, including for burglary in McLean and Champaign counties, a failure to appear warrant in Sangamon County, and a parole violation warrant issued by the Illinois Department of Corrections, Rockford police said.
Brown opened fire on them with a rifle from inside a room on the third floor. He fired on them again outside the building, after jumping out of a window, Rockford police said Thursday afternoon.
“Based on what we know there were shots fired in the hotel room and also outside in the parking lot,” said Lieutenant Kurt Whisenand, Rockford Police Department. “And we believe the marshal was shot outside.”
The McHenry County Sheriff’s Office said Deputy Jacob Keltner was rushed to a Javon Bea Hospital Riverside in critical condition, where he died shortly after 3:30 p.m.