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Floyd Martin Indicted For Murder Of Deputy Jacob Keltner At Rockford Hotel

Chicago (CBS) -- The man charged with killing McHenry County Sheriff's Deputy Jacob Keltner at a Rockford hotel has been indicted, according to the Winnebago County State's Attorney's Office.

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Floyd Brown, 39, faces a 75-count bill of indictment that includes felony charges of first degree murder, battery with a firearm, and armed habitual criminal in Keltner's slaying.

Floyd Brown
Floyd Brown, 39, was identified as the gunman who shot a sheriff's deputy serving an arrest warrant at a Rockford hotel on March 7, 2019. (Source: Illinois Department of Corrections)

Brown also faces separate federal charges, because Keltner, 35, was working with a U.S. Marshals Service fugitive task force on March 7, when the deputy was killed outside the Extended Stay America hotel in Rockford. A federal indictment last week charged brown with killing an officer of a federal agency performing official duties, illegal possession of firearms by a felon, and possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number.

Authorities said the task force was trying to get into Brown's third-floor hotel room, when Brown opened fire with a high-powered assault rifle and shot through the hotel door, wounding his girlfriend, who was in the room with him. Brown then jumped out a window, and shot Keltner in the head in the parking lot, before fleeing the scene in his Mercury Grand Marquis.

Keltner, a 12-year veteran with the McHenry County Sheriff's Office, was taken to the hospital in critical condition and died hours later.

Sources said Brown fired shots at Illinois State Police during a chase on Interstate 55, before he spun out more than 150 miles away from Rockford, near the town of Lincoln. Following an hours-long standoff, he was arrested on the evening of March 11, and taken to the hospital.

Brown is currently in federal custody and is scheduled to appear in court on the federal charges on Thursday in Winnebago County. His next hearing on the state charges will be coordinated with federal prosecutors.

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