Rockford Scanner™: Shots Fired & High Speed Police Chase

From BPD:

We are investigating a report of shots fired that occurred during a disturbance in the 1800 block of Wisconsin Avenue at 1:54 a.m. Monday. An individual in a vehicle fired several rounds, striking a vehicle and a house, following the disturbance that involved acquaintances.

Officers nearby observed the suspect vehicle and pursued it as it fled the area going southbound on Interstate 90. The South Beloit Police Department placed stop sticks on the interstate and the vehicle was stopped shortly after crossing the state line.

The vehicle went into the ditch and two males fled from the vehicle on foot. The driver, Emily A. Morris, 26, of Darien, stayed in the vehicle and was taken into custody for felony fleeing. One of the males who fled from the vehicle, Jared D. Johnson, 27, of Janesville, was arrested for recklessly endangering safety and felony bail jumping.

We are still investigating the involvement of the second male who fled from the vehicle. If anyone has information about the disturbance on Wisconsin Avenue or about the three individuals who were in the vehicle pursued by our department, please contact us at 608-757-2244


Overnight several area police departments were involved in a high speed chase.  It stemmed from a shooting incident in Beloit bear Wisconsin and Bayliss. Several shots were fired.

Police located the suspect vehicle a short time later. The suspect vehicle fled from police. Speeds were well over 100 MPH at times during the chase.

During the chase, the suspect went off road.

They fled into Illinois. South Beloit Police threw out stop sticks to stop the suspect vehicle. The suspect vehicle hit the stop sticks.  The suspect vehicle pulled over and they fled on foot.

One was held at gunpoint.  They got another suspect a short time later.  One is still at large.  The suspects were last seen westbound jumping a fence from I-90 going into the  area near of the S Beloit ramp.

Numerous police officers from several departments are assisting with the search of the suspects.

Info and audio from our friends at Beloit Scanner


Rockford Scanner™: Home Invasion In Machesney Park, Police Investigating

Source are reporting a scene in Machesney Park.

It happened around 3:30 am in the 700 block of Kingsley.

WCSO confirmed a home invasion call.
But did not provide any other details.

Unknown on suspect information. Unknown on injuries.

No other information is available


Rockford Scanner™: Police Are Investigating An Armed Robbery in Rockford

Sources are reporting a scene in the 500 block of Kennon rd in Rockford, just around midnight.

Rockford Police said they are investigating an armed robbery with a handgun.

No suspect information at this time. Unknown on injuries.

If you have information, please call the Rockford Police.


Rockford Scanner™: Scene Involving The US Marshalls in Rockford, Possible Shooting

RS Source


(AP) — A man suspected of fatally shooting a sheriff’s deputy and wounding a woman at an Illinois hotel was taken into custody Thursday after an hourslong standoff that began when he crashed his vehicle along an interstate highway, authorities said.

Floyd E. Brown, 39, was arrested hours after the crash in central Illinois, State Trooper Sean Ramsey said. Officers employed flash grenades to disable Brown after trying for hours to negotiate with him to surrender, police said.

Brown, of Springfield, was taken to a hospital to be treated for several injuries. It wasn’t immediately known what caused the injuries, Ramsey said.

Brown is accused of fatally shooting 35-year-old Deputy Jacob Keltner, a 12 ½-year veteran of the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office in northern Illinois. Keltner was pronounced dead at a hospital several hours after he was shot, spokesman David Dezane said.

Police said a 25-year-old woman described as an acquaintance of Brown suffered injuries that weren’t life-threatening after being hit with one of Brown’s rounds. She was treated at a hospital and released.

No shots were fired by law enforcement during the incident, authorities said.

The shootings happened Thursday morning 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. Brown fled the hotel in Rockford in Winnebago County, about 80 miles (129 kilometers) northwest of Chicago, and traveled about 170 miles (274 kilometers) to Logan County in central Illinois, police said.

Prosecutors in Winnebago County in northern Illinois initially issued a warrant with $5 million bond against Brown for attempted murder. State’s Attorney Marilyn Hite Ross said the charge was upgraded to first-degree murder after Keltner died. A spokeswoman for the U.S. attorney’s office said Brown also will face a federal murder charge in the death of the deputy, who was assisting federal law enforcement when he was shot.

McHenry County Sheriff Bill Prim called Keltner a “great guy” whose father and brother serve in law enforcement in suburban Chicago.

“Jake was a fine young man who leaves a wife and two young children,” Prim said. “We are going to miss him.”

Keltner was the first officer in the department to die in the line of duty in three years, Prim said.

From 2009 to 2019, 73 officers were killed nationwide while attempting to serve warrants, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page, a nonprofit group that keeps track of officer fatalities nationwide.


After a Multi-County Pursuit and a Six- Hour Standoff Wanted Suspect is now in ISP Custody

Springfield, IL- On March 7, 2019, at approximately 9:15 a.m. Illinois State Police (ISP) officials responded to the Extended Stay America Hotel in Rockford, Illinois to assist with reports of an Active Shooter.

At some point during the ongoing incident at the hotel, the suspect fled the area in his vehicle. At approximately, 10:45 a.m., ISP District 6 Troopers spotted the suspect traveling on Interstate 39 at Milepost 8, and a pursuit ensued; during the pursuit, the suspect displayed a rifle. The pursuit lasted approximately thirty minutes at speeds well in excess of 100 mph in inclement weather and adverse road conditions. The pursuit came to an end on Interstate 55 at Milepost 132.5, after which ISP officers on scene struck the suspect’s vehicle in an attempt to terminate the pursuit for the safety of the public.

After the suspect’s vehicle was struck, the vehicle came to a rest in a ditch. The suspect exited and re-entered the vehicle, before proceeding to barricade himself inside of the vehicle for approximately 6 hours. Additional ISP officers, including ISP SWAT personnel and ISP crisis negotiators, as well as various other law enforcement agencies assisted in various aspects of the incident including the following: Federal Bureau of Investigation, United States Marshal Service, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Illinois Secretary of State Police, Illinois Department of Natural Resources Conservation Police, Logan County Sheriff’s Office, Sangamon County Sheriff’s Office, McLean County Sheriff’s Office, Springfield Police Department, Bloomington Police Department, and the Lincoln Police Department.

At approximately 5:00 p.m., the suspect was taken into custody without incident. The suspect is being transported to a local area hospital for non-life threatening injuries he sustained during the crash. The suspect is currently in ISP custody, and will eventually be turned over to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

“First and foremost, we would like to extend our deepest condolences to the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office and the family of Deputy Keltner,” stated ISP Acting Director Brendan F. Kelly. “The men and women of the Illinois State Police, including responding Troopers from District 16, District 1, District 15, District 6, District 8, and District 9, all responded with seamless professionalism alongside the law enforcement of this state. ISP’s SWAT team in particular showed incredible tactical restraint, bravery and boldness today. This dark day has come to an end, and this defendant can now be brought to justice,” concluded Acting Director Kelly.

Police did a press conference around 6:30 pm

UPDATE: Suspect is now in custody. (Unknown on his status)

The officer has passed away. Officer Jacob Keltner.  The sheriff’s deputy was critically wounded and later died. He had been with the McHenry County Sheriff’s Department for 12 years and had been part of the United States Marshal Service Great Lakes Regional Fugitive Task Force since 2014

Video by Verna Santiago

Two confirmed victims.  One police officer and also a female.  Suspect is now wanted for an attempted murder on a police officer and is now wanted on a $5 million dollar bond.  He is still currently held up in his crashed vehicle in Logan County. Swat has surrounded the vehicle and are negotiating with the alleged suspect. He is reportedly waving a white towel, which means surrender. But is not yet in custody.

ISP is Assisting with Active Shooter Incident which began in Rockford, IL. ISP officers engaged in a pursuit with the suspect. The suspect is currently stationary inside of his vehicle on I-55 SB at MP 133 in Logan County. I-55 NB and SB at this location are temporarily shut down. Route 66 is also temporarily shut down. ISP SWAT is on scene and crisis negotiation officers are en route.

Reports from troopers involved in the chase, which reached speeds over 100 mph, said the suspect crashed his car near Lincoln around 11:30 a.m. but was refusing to leave his car. One report said he was pointing a rifle out the car.

A SWAT team has been called in, and all lanes of I-55 have been shut down.

“The suspect is currently stationary inside of his vehicle on I-55 southbound at mile post 133 in Logan County,” the state police said in a statement. “SWAT is on scene and crisis negotiation officers are en route.”

Reports are saying the officer is a  McHenry County sheriff’s officer that is a part of the US Marshal task force and is in serious condition at the new hospital on E Riverside.

Suspect crashed into a ravine. Police have the suspect surrounded. They are trying to negotiate with the suspect. He is reported to be waving a white towel in the air. Still developing.

Sources are reporting: State police have shut down interstate 55 outside of Lincoln Illinois at mile marker 132 currently a negotiating team

Attempted murder on a police officer in Rockford. Suspect is Floyd Brown and in a Silver vehicle with a plate of or similar to BF13112 or a temp plate of 485U256 . He is the alleged shooter at the hotel on N Bell School, for the active shooter scene. Armed with a rifle. This is the suspect info, please share.  Police have confirmed this is the suspect and who they are currently searching for.

UPDATE:  Suspect vehicle wrecked and is in a ravine. Unknown on the status of the suspect.

Sources said US Marshall service fugitive taskforce officer was shot.
He was serving a warrant to a fugitive.

A source told us the alleged suspect may have gotten away in a  gray or silver mercury. Possible plate number of BF13112.  2006 mercury 4 door. Suspect is a black male named Floyd Brown and is wanted for attempted murder on a police officer.
(Police have yet to confirm this)

Police confirmed an “Active Shooter” situation. And advised the public to avoid the area.  One confirmed victim, Possible multiple victims. Sources said an officer may be one of the victims, but police have yet to confirm this.  Numerous police, Fire, Medical, SWAT, etc… are on scene.

Sources are reporting numerous police including the US Marshalls.

It happened in the 700 block of N Bell School, on the 3rd floor of the Extended Stay Hotel.

Sources said there are numerous police, US Marshalls, and also medical on scene. Including three ambulances.

We have unconfirmed reports saying this is a possible shooting scene.
Again, not confirmed yet.

Confirmed “Officers in Distress”   via sources, unknown what exactly what that means. But sources said at least one officer is injured.

Sources are reporting this is an active shooter scene.
Again, not yet confirmed.

All we can confirm is a major scene at the hotel and pretty much the whole police force is on scene, from several jurisdictions.

Still developing.

UPDATE: We been told the new hospital on E Riverside is on lockdown, one of the victims has been transported to this location.  Several emergency personnel are on scene.

Video via RS Source

Sources: ABC7Chicago, Governor Pritzker, RPD, ISP, Fox32, WGN, Winnebago COunty States Attorney Office, Witnesses at the scene, AP, Sources, and police scanner.

Rockford Scanner™: Senior Citizen Arrested For Allegedly Sexually Assaulting Several Children in Rockford

Sources said a Rockford senior citizen has been arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting several children.

Police conducted a 2 month investigation, before arresting the man.

The senior citizen who was arrested is 66 year old Glenn Farris.

Police said he allegedly sexually assaulted three children under the age of 13 at a residence in the 1900 block of W Riverside.


Rockford Scanner™: Several Officers Working A Scene Near Roscoe

Sources are reporting a scene near Roscoe.

Sources said several Winnebago Sheriffs police officers are on foot in the Clearwing subdivision of Roscoe. Canines are assisting. Unknown as to why.

Check back later for possible updates


Rockford Scanner™: Local War Veteran Harassed By Local Police Officer At The  YMCA

Rockford Scanner has tried several times to get the other side of this story, from Sgt Lewis and also the police.  But they have yet to respond to us.  If they do, we will update this.

To everyone saying that we need both sides of the story. We HAVE BEEN TRYING FOR A WEEK NOW to get some kind of statement or something from the police and the YMCA. We have tried NUMEROUS times to get the 2nd half of the story. The police and the YMCA have chosen NOT to tell their side, hence why there is the one side. We have reached out numerous times. And not a peep. And I am not going to let this war veterans story go untold, because someone refuses to tell their side. This veteran deserves to have his story told.

Local War Veteran Harassed By Local Police Officer At The  YMCA

A local war veteran said he was harassed by a local police officer, as he worked out at the YMCA with his service dog.

He has served 3 combat tours in Iraq while serving our country as a US Marine Corps and has experienced and saw a lot of stuff during that time.

2003, 2004-05 Fallujah, 2005-2006 Fallujah & Ramadi

He suffers from PTSD,  back injuries, tbi, balance issues, light sensitivity.


He sent us the following in regards to the incident that happened: 

“On Feb 25th at approx 10 am I was working out at the Iron Works Ymca with my service dog,  as I am a disabled war veteran.

As I was working out I noticed during my set that my dog was being harassed as he sat up and started staring at a person. I removed my headphones and realized that Sgt Lewis was distracting my dog by calling him names and whistling at him to try to get his photo.

I told him next time ask for a picture or I will break his phone.
He laughed said it was a public place and that he was a Beloit cop and could do whatever he wanted.

I kindly told him 1. This isn’t a public place as you have to be a member so that makes it private and 2. that I didn’t care who he was and that he was jeopardizing my safety by distracting my service dog .

He laughed and went to the other side of the machine I was on and continued to take pics trying to get my dogs attention and saying  “Your not a disabled veteran, you don’t look disabled, what do I need a dog for.

So I then started to get anxious and proceeded down to the lobby to get a manager . After telling the 2 lady managers there they knew exactly who he was.

After I asked them to call the police for harassment, they said oh we wont do that, we will just tell him to stop. So I called 911 and asked for an officer and relayed what this guy said, he was a  cop and I wanted to file a report.

Once the officer showed up I noticed my anxiety getting worse as Sgt Lewis kept walking back and forth too look down trying to intimidate me.

So i asked for medic. Because I was possibly having a medical issue. Once medics came they were able to get me calm say I was ok now and I signed a refusal.

Once they left a Sgt for Beloit pd came and they verified Sgt Lewis was not a Beloit cop but a Sgt with Roscoe pd.

I immediately called Roscoe PD and talked with deputy chief Lee and be had me come into the pd to show a pic to, he said would be handled.

After numerous calls to see what was done about the situation, I am being ignored and told to file a complaint. My wife and I are extremely pissed at how this supposed Sgt Lewis was able to harass a disabled veteran and nothing was done about it.

I was ignored by the staff at the ymca because the 2 managers know the Sgt personally and when I  mentioned their policy on harassment, they said there was nothing they could do.

Not only that but when I was being seen by medics and through the whole ordeal, not once did they come to see how I was but went to chat withe their Sgt.  friend. Very unprofessional and to me showed who they care about more

I am now afraid to go to the YMCA because of my PTSD and anxiety and workout now, because of this harassment incident”

Police report: BE1908058

Rockford Scanner has tried several times to get the other side of this story, from Sgt Lewis and also the police.  But they have yet to respond to us.  If they do, we will update this.

To everyone saying that we need both sides of the story. We HAVE BEEN TRYING FOR A WEEK NOW to get some kind of statement or something from the police and the YMCA. We have tried NUMEROUS times to get the 2nd half of the story. The police and the YMCA have chosen NOT to tell their side, hence why there is the one side. We have reached out numerous times. And not a peep. And I am not going to let this war veterans story go untold, because someone refuses to tell their side. This veteran deserves to have his story told.


Rockford Scanner™: Police Chase On The East Side

Sources are reporting a police chase on the East side.

Sources said a Black Buick with a plate starting with the letter Z, was fleeing from police in the area of Bell School and Riverside.

Sources said they were headed towards Rockford, which is Southbound.


Rockford Scanner™: Tons Of Police Working A Scene In Loves Park

Sources are reporting a scene in Loves Park.

It happened around 3:30 am at the Fasfuel in Loves Park.
That is located at  Harlem and Forest Hills.

Witnesses said there are tons of police from at least 2 different departments on scene and many more police officers are still arriving. Along with the Loves Park FD and at least one ambulance.

Sources said there is at least one person that needs medical attention, but it is not yet clear what the nature of the injuries were.

There is allegedly blood on the seat of a nearby vehicle. (Unknown why)

As you know the local police are encrypted and have not released any information at this time. So nothing is confirmed at this time, other than a ton of emergency personnel are working this scene.

Check back later for possible updates


Rockford Scanner™: Rockford Police Officer is Battered, While Trying To Take A Suspect Into Custody 

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