Lincoln, IL – The fugitive who fatally shot a McHenry County sheriff’s deputy in Rockford on Thursday morning is barricaded in his car, down a ravine just off Interstate 55, in an armed standoff with law enforcement.
A manhunt began for 39-year-old Floyd Brown at 9:15 a.m. on March 7, after he fired a shotgun through the door to his room at the Extended Stay America on North Bell School Road, according to ABC News.
Brown’s shot hit McHenry County Sheriff’s Deputy Jacob Keltner on the other side of the door, who was there to arrest him with a U.S. Marshals task force.
WLS reported that the U.S. Marshals task force was serving an arrest warrant on Brown for attempted first degree murder with $5 million bond from the Winnebago County State’s Attorney’s Office.
Rockford Police Lieutenant Kurt Whisenand said Brown escaped out a back window in his room after shooting at the task force officers, ABC News reported.
Deputy Keltner was transported to the hospital where he succumbed to his wounds, police officials announced Thursday afternoon.
A woman, wounded by gunfire, was found inside Brown’s hotel room.
Lt. Whisenand said no member of law enforcement fired a weapon during the incident so investigators believe the woman was shot by Brown before he escaped, according to ABC News.
Police have not released the woman’s name. She was transported to the hospital for treatment.
Brown fled the scene in a light blue Mercury Grand Marquis, and was spotted by law enforcement later on Interstate 55, ABC News reported.
A chase ensued, and Brown reached speeds of over 100 mph as he tried to flee police.
He was spotted pointing a gun out his car window at police, WLS reported.
Brown’s vehicle spun out in the snow near mile marker 133 on I-55, between Bloomington and Springfield, and he ended up down a ditch on the side of the road.
Illinois State Police said Brown is barricaded inside his vehicle, WLS reported.
The state police SWAT team was on the scene negotiating with Brown, and the highway has been shut down in both directions.
Police said Brown is still armed with at least one gun and there were ongoing efforts to get him to surrender, according to WLS.
“We want it to end peacefully,” Illinois State Police Trooper Sean Ramsey said, according to ABC News. “You never want to end a life.”
UPDATE: The suspect is in custody.
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