Victim Speaks Out After Being A Victim Of A Recent Shooting Incident And How The RPD Treated Her Family Poorly
UPDATE: After we posted this, the victim contacted us and said the Rockford Police (LT of Investigations) contacted her after reading about the article on our website and they do plan on investigating this shooting incident more in depth now and are going to have patrols in the area as well for the victim.
RS Fan Angie contacted us after her house was shot up on Thursday night and was frustrated at how the Rockford Police department treated her family after the shooting, and wanted her story to be told.
On Thursday April 25th 2019 a little after 9 PM in the 2800 block of Ashland ave, two suspects went to her house to try to kill her boyfriend. They shot numerous gunshots into her house. Thankfully, no injuries were reported. Just emotional injuries and property damage.
She sent us several photos of the damages.
She said the Rockford Police came to her house to investigate the shooting.
She contacted us initially and said: ” Two men came to my home Thursday evening around 9 pm and proceed to shoot 8 rounds minimum into my home, 2 through my headboard area, then the proceeded to shoot through the living room area blowing holes through the couch, literally blowing the pillows off my couch. This was a planned out attempted murder on my boyfriend who was here that night.”
She said she feels the Rockford Police have treated her family poorly during the process and also she feels they did not properly process the evidence at the scene.
There was 2 crime scene units at her house to gather evidence. She pointed out several gunshot holes with bullets still inside the holes, to the officers.
She said the officers were rude to her and failed to gather the casings and bullets and other evidence while at the scene, that she clearly pointed out to the officers but they refused to gather the evidence.
She said an officer on the scene told her: “This isn’t CSI lady” and how it was not a high enough profile case to gather all the evidence at the scene.
Her family had to literally pull out the bullets from the walls and other areas of the residence, by themselves and had to take it down to the District 1 station.
She took the evidence down to the police station, and the RPD refused to accept it as evidence.
Angie says “I still have slugs in my wall, brought one down here to get their attention and have a cigarette butt from where the shooters were standing…police didn’t want it, like I said two CSI vans where there and they didn’t give one shit. Told me this isn’t high profile enough to even gather all the slugs, let alone the cigarette butt, the threatening texts sent to my boyfriend one hour before the shooting saying “We’re coming for you motherf**ker”
the police just brushed it off.”
She said the officer said they talked to her neighbors, but she went and talked to her neighbors and they said the only thing the officers on scene said to the neighbors was for them to go back into the houses, and never asked them if they saw or knew anything. So the neighbors might know more information, but the police officers on scene did not ask them. Only demanded them to all go inside.
She told the officers who the suspects were and even showed the police the text message the alleged suspects sent just prior to coming over and shooting. The text message said “We’re coming for you motherf**ker”
She said she explained to the officers who the alleged suspects were and the possible motive, and tried to give them the evidence they refused to gather at the scene. (When she was at the District 1 station)
And the officers did not want to take her serious, even though she was the victim and explaining to the officers what had happened and who did the shooting.
She said “The cop who’s name is on the incident report, did everything but flat out call me a liar!”
She told the officers that she was not happy with the way they were treating the case, and she told them she was going to talk to us, and the officers got upset that she was going to make her story public.
She told us when she told the officer she was going to go public with her story: “I was going public to Rockford Scanner with this story. That officer cursed your names hard!”
She said “That’s when I realized that we are going to have to investigate our own attempted murder ourselves and started taking my own pictures.
And I got scolded for that, but I know my rights and the police aren’t going to tell me I can’t take pictures of my own gawd damn house!”
She also says “The district attorney, no one would see me there either until I told them I was going to interview with Rockford Scanner then they sent out a victims advocate who apologized and said the investigation must be ongoing”
“This really sucks and I just can’t believe it even happened, let alone how it went down, then how the police treated me and throwing their garbage in my yard, everything…I’m feeling pretty low on the pole here” Angie says.
Rockford Scanner™: Man Shot In A Rockford Housing Complex, Still Developing
Update from the RPD:
Sources are reporting a shooting victim in Rockford.
It happened just before 2 am in the 600 block of Score st. Score st is located in the Orton Keyes housing projects off of Kishwaukee.
The victim is a male in his 20’s. We been told the injuries are believed to be life threatening, but RPD has yet to confirm this.
The victim was shot at least 6 times. 3 times in the arm, once in the right rib area, once in the hip, once in the stomach.
No suspect information at the time of writing this.
RPD: On 4-29-19 at around 1:50 A.M., Rockford Police responded to the 600 block of Score St in reference to a shooting victim. Upon arrival, Officers located one male victim in a vehicle who had been struck multiple times by gunfire. The victim was transported to a local hospital by Rockford Fire with life-threatening injuries. This is an on-going police investigation. Anyone with further information are encouraged to contact the Rockford Police Department and/or Crime Stoppers.
Sources are reporting a shooting victim in Rockford.
It happened just after 1 am in the 500 block of Webster ave.
Reports of a female that has been shot near this location.
The female is approx. 32 years old and is reported to have been shot at least once in the left breast area.
No suspect information at this time.
Update from RPD:
On Friday, April 5th, at around 1:00 o’clock A.M., a Rockford woman was the victim of Aggravated Battery with a Firearm when she was struck one time by gunfire in the 500 block of Webster Ave. The victim was transported via ambulance to a local hospital where she was treated for her injuries. This is an ongoing investigation. Anyone with information concerning this incident is encouraged to contact the Rockford Police Department, or CrimeStoppers at 815 963 STOP (7867)
(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.
ILLINOIS STATE POLICE PURSUE AND ARREST WANTED SUSPECT
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.
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.
On Friday, February 8, 2019 at approximately 9:30 p.m. Rockford Police Officers were dispatched to the area of 500 Indiana Ave. reference an Aggravated Battery with a Firearm. During the investigation it was learned the victim was in a vehicle which was west bound at 500 Indiana Ave. when they heard several gunshots and was struck once. The victim was suffering from a single gunshot wound to the leg and was transported to a local hospital for non-life threatening injuries.
Suspect vehicle was described as a car with tinted windows last seen east bound from the scene.
This is an ongoing investigation. Anyone with information concerning this incident is encouraged to contact the Rockford Police Department or Crime Stoppers – 815 963 STOP (7867).