Illinois flags at half-staff honor fallen sheriff’s deputy

March 12, 2019
This photo provided by McHenry County Sheriff’s Office shows Deputy Jacob Keltner. Floyd E. Brown is accused of fatally shooting Keltner, Thursday, March 7, 2019 at a hotel as a U.S. Marshals Service fugitive task force tried to serve Brown with an arrest warrant for burglary and parole violation charges. (McHenry County Sheriff’s Office via AP)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — State government buildings are flying U.S. and Illinois flags at half-staff in honor of a McHenry County sheriff’s deputy killed in a Rockford hotel shooting.

Jacob Keltner was part of a U.S. Marshals task force and attempting to serve a warrant last Thursday when he was fatally wounded . Thirty-nine-year-old Floyd Brown of Springfield has been charged with first-degree murder.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker ordered the flag honor until sunset Wednesday .

The 35-year-old Keltner was a 12-year veteran of the McHenry County department. He is survived by his wife, Becki and two young sons.

Republican Sen. Craig Wilcox of McHenry says of Keltner, “He gave his life to protect all of us.”

The McHenry County Sheriff’s Department says the funeral will be Wednesday at Woodstock High School.

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