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Floyd Brown scheduled to appear in federal court Monday in death of McHenry County deputy

By Jim Hagerty

ROCKFORD — The man who authorities say shot and killed a McHenry County deputy in Rockford is scheduled to appear in federal court Monday.

Floyd Brown, 39, will appear at 1 p.m., in Room 5200 of the Stanley J. Roszkowski United States Courthouse, 327 S. Church St., Rockford.

Brown is accused of shooting 35-year-old Jacob Keltner Thursday at the Extended Stay America hotel on Rockford’s east side. Authorities say Brown was wanted on a number of warrants and was being pursued by the U.S. Marshals task force to which Keltner was assigned.

According to a federal complaint, around 9 a.m., a member of the task force knocked on Extended Stay Room 305, after learning a woman identified as Brown’s girlfriend had checked into the hotel. Keltner was outside the building.

The complaint indicates officers heard a man inside the room say, “Don’t do it,” after the officer knocked on the door. Brown’s girlfriend later came to the door as told officers she wanted to leave the room. That’s when police say the man in the room started yelling before opening fire. Bullets were shot through walls and doors toward officers, according to the complaint.

Authorities say an armed Brown jumped from a third-story window and shot Keltner, who was positioned on the northeast-side of the building, in the head. Brown then fled the scene.

Keltner died Thursday afternoon at a local hospital. Brown’s girlfriend was also shot and treated for non-life threatening injuries.

Brown was arrested after a standoff with police when he crashed his car in Logan County, about 170 miles from Rockford. He’s charged with first-degree murder. Authorities say he could face the death penalty if he’s convicted. R.

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