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Federal grand jury indicts man accused of killing McHenry County Sheriff's deputy

A federal grand jury has indicted the man accused of killing McHenry County Sheriff’s Deputy and U.S. Marshal’s Office Task Force member Jacob Keltner.

The indictment charges Floyd E. Brown, 39, of Springfield with killing an officer of a federal agency engaged in, and on account of, the performance of official duties; possession of firearms by a convicted felon; and possession of firearms with an obliterated serial number, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

If convicted of the most serious charge, Brown could face life in prison, or the death penalty.

Brown is scheduled to appear for arraignment at 9 a.m. Wednesday in Room 5200 at the Stanley J. Roszkowski U.S. Courthouse in Rockford, 327 S. Church St.

The indictment was announced by John R. Lausch Jr., U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, and Jeffrey S. Sallet, special agent-in-charge of the Chicago office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Several agencies have assisted in the investigation, including the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives; Rockford Police Department; Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office; Loves Park Police Department; Cherry Valley Police Department; Lincoln Police Department; Logan County Sheriff’s Office; and the Illinois State Police.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Joseph Pedersen and Talia Bucci.

Keltner, a member of the U.S. Marshals Service Great Lakes Regional Fugitive Task Force, was one of a group of officers serving warrants on Brown on March 7 at Room 305 of the Extended Stay America hotel in Rockford.

As Brown fled from the Rockford motel where he and his girlfriend were staying, he fired a rifle at Keltner, striking the officer in the head, authorities have said. Keltner, of Crystal Lake, was taken to a nearby hospital and died at 3:30 p.m. He was 35.

Brown took off in a vehicle and led police on a chase to the Bloomington-Normal area, while continuing to shoot at officers using a rifle, according to the federal complaint.

The pursuit came to an end in Logan County after officers in pursuit struck Brown’s vehicle on Interstate 55, police have said.

Brown then barricaded himself in his vehicle for about six hours before officers took him into custody. He was taken to a hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening.

A news report from a 2011 bond hearing in Macon County revealed that Brown previously had made remarks about shooting police.

Winnebago County and federal prosecutors both have charged Brown in Keltner’s death. 

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