Deputy assigned to US Marshals shot

ROCKFORD, Illinois – A deputy assigned to the U.S. Marshals Service was shot while serving warrants Thursday, and police said they later stopped the suspect on an Illinois interstate more than 150 miles from the shooting.

“ISP officers engaged in a pursuit with the suspect,” Illinois State Police Sgt. Delila Garcia  said. “The suspect is currently stationary inside of his vehicle on I-55” near Lincoln in central Illinois.

The interstate was shut down in both directions and a SWAT team was on the scene, Garcia said.

Earlier, Rockford Police Lt. Andre Brass said officers from multiple agencies were searching for Floyd Brown, 39, who had been staying at the Extended Stay America in Rockford when a team of officers attempted to serve him with several warrants.

Brass said Brown shot the deputy, who was part of a regional task force, with a rifle. The condition of the wounded officer was not immediately known, Brass said.

“The subject fled the room he was in, and the subject is at large right now,” Brass said.

Brown should be considered armed and dangerous, Brass said. Police had been searching for a silver Mercury Grand Marquis, Brass said.

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

Brass said Brown was the sole suspect and that there appeared to be no threat to the immediate community.

Rockford is about 90 miles northwest of Chicago, close to the Wisconsin border. Dozens of law enforcement vehicles could be seen rushing from the Chicago area to Rockford shortly after the shooting was reported. 

The hotel is just off Interstate 90, nestled among several hotels and fast-food restaurants. Illinois State Police had cordoned off several blocks around the hotel.

The incident came three weeks after a mass shooting at the Henry Pratt Company in Aurora, 70 miles southeast of Rockford. Six people including the gunman died.

Extended Stay America has more than 600 locations across the nation. The suites, which include kitchens, are booked by the day, week or month.

Contributing: Doug Stanglin

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