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The Latest: Suspect in shooting of Illinois deputy arrested

The Latest: Suspect in shooting of Illinois deputy arrested

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) — The Latest on a shooting at an Illinois hotel (all times local):

4:15 p.m.

Authorities say a suspect in the fatal shooting of an Illinois sheriff's deputy has been taken into custody.

Illinois State Trooper Sean Ramsey told WGN-TV that 39-year-old Floyd E. Brown was taken into custody hours after his car crashed Thursday afternoon along a central Illinois interstate. State police officials said they attempted to negotiate with him to surrender. However, Ramsey did not explain how Brown was taken into custody.

Brown is alleged to have fatally shot 35-year-old McHenry County Sheriff's Deputy Jacob Keltner, a 12 ½-year veteran of the department Thursday morning while helping serve an arrest warrant.

Prosecutors in Winnebago County in central Illinois say they have issued a warrant with $5 million bond against Brown for attempted murder. Officials haven't said when charges against Brown will be upgraded.

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3:55 p.m.

A sheriff’s department spokesman says an Illinois deputy shot while helping to serve an arrest warrant at a hotel has died.

Henry County Sheriff’s Department Chief David Dezane says the deputy was pronounced dead Thursday afternoon.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker sent a tweet expressing condolences to the deputy’s family members.

The suspect, 39-year-old Floyd E. Brown, was in his car that crashed Thursday afternoon along a central Illinois interstate. Illinois State Police officials said they were trying to negotiate with him.

Police say Brown fled the Rockford hotel earlier Thursday after shooting the McHenry County sheriff’s deputy who was assigned to a fugitive task force serving Brown with an arrest warrant. Police described the injured woman as an acquaintance of Brown and said she was injured by one of his rounds.

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Updated: 3:41 p.m. March 7, 2019

ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) — A man suspected of shooting a sheriff's deputy and a woman Thursday at an Illinois hotel crashed his vehicle along an interstate highway while trying to flee police, and "negotiation efforts" were underway, authorities said.

Prosecutors in Winnebago County in central Illinois said they have issued a warrant with $5 million bond against Floyd E. Brown, 39, for attempted murder in the shooting of the deputy, who police said was in critical condition.

Police described the woman as an acquaintance of Brown and said she 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."

Police said Brown was wanted on warrants from multiple Illinois counties when the task force went to an Extended Stay America hotel in Rockford, a city about 80 miles (129 kilometers) northwest of Chicago. Brown is from the Springfield area, in central Illinois.

"We just want to end this incident peacefully with his surrender," Brass said. "We have prayers for the officer that was hit and we have prayers for the officers that are trying to locate the suspect."

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP/CBS 58) — The Latest on a shooting at an Illinois hotel (all times local):

12:20 p.m.

Police in northern Illinois say they believe a man suspected of shooting an officer at a Rockford hotel has left the area.

Rockford police Lt. Andre Brass identified the suspect as 39-year-old Floyd E. Brown.

Police say he fled the Extended Stay America hotel in Rockford after shooting an officer who was part of a regional fugitive task force trying to serve a search warrant. The officer was taken to the hospital but his condition hasn't been released.

Brass says police believe Brown has a rifle and is to be considered "armed and dangerous." Brass didn't know what direction Brown fled in.
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11:05 a.m.

Police say a gunman has fled an Illinois hotel after shooting an officer who was part of a task force trying to serve an arrest warrant.

Rockford police Lt. Andre Brass says the suspect was wanted on several warrants when the regional fugitive task moved in Thursday. Brass says the suspect fled in a vehicle after the shooting.

Brass says investigators believe the suspect is still armed. He says: "We just want to end this situation peacefully with his surrender."

According to Rockford Police, the suspect has been identified as 39-year-old Floyd Brown of Springfield. Brown is believed to be driving a light blue or silver Mercury Grand Marquis with Illinois license plates BFI3112. Brown is believed to be armed and dangerous. 

Rockford is about 80 miles northwest of downtown Chicago. Rockford Police believe Brown is out of the Rockford area and expect to give another update Thursday afternoon.

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10:50 a.m.

Authorities say an officer has been shot at a hotel in northern Illinois.

The U.S. Marshals Service says the shooting occurred Thursday morning at a hotel in Rockford. Spokeswoman Belkis Cantor Sandoval says the officer was on-duty and working with a regional task force when the shooting occurred.

She didn't immediately have details but said more information was forthcoming.

Local media is reporting that Rockford police are responding to an active shooter at a hotel.

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