ROCKFORD, Illinois – A suspect wanted in the shooting of a deputy assigned to the U.S. Marshals Service fugitive task force was stopped on an Illinois interstate more than 150 miles away after a massive manhunt.
“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.
Rockford Deputy Police Chief John Pozzi said the incident unfolded Thursday morning when members of the task force attempted to serve multiple warrants on Floyd Brown, 39, who had been staying at the Extended Stay America in Rockford.
Pozzi said Brown shot a McHenry County deputy with a rifle. The deputy was hospitalized in critical condition, and a woman who had been with the alleged shooter also was wounded and was hospitalized,
“The suspect fled prior to the large law enforcement response,” Pozzi said. No shots were fire by law enforcement officers, he said.
Earlier, Rockford Police Lt. Andre Brass said officers had been searching for a silver Mercury Grand Marquis.
“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.
Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker said he was monitoring the situation and urged the community to follow the instructions of local law enforcement.
“My immediate thoughts and prayers are with the officer shot, his family, first responders & residents affected by this situation,” he said.
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.
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