Federal court hearing pushed out for suspect accused of slaying Deputy Keltner

ROCKFORD, Ill (WIFR) -- Updated March 11, 2019, 11:15 a.m.

UPDATE: The hearing for Floyd Brown, accused of killing Deputy Jake Keltner, will make his first federal court appearance at 3 p.m. Monday.

He'll appear in courtroom 5200 of the Stanley J. Roszkowski United States Courthouse in Rockford.

Brown is charged with first degree murder for the shooting death of Keltner Thursday while he attempted to serve a warrant at the Extended Stay Hotel on North Bell School Road.

Visitation services for Keltner are scheduled for Tuesday afternoon.


Floyd Brown, the man police say shot and killed Deputy Jake Keltner has a past with domestic violence. According to court records, Brown was found guilty of domestic violence and had two orders of protection against him. Domestic violence advocates and members of law enforcement want the community to know just how dangerous dealing with domestic abusers can be for our officers.

“We know that 75 percent of police officers who are killed, are killed by a man who has strangled a woman,” said manager of the Rockford Mayor’s Office on Domestic Violence and Human Trafficking Prevention Jen Caccapaglia.

Domestic violence calls are some of the most dangerous officers respond to.

“We don’t know what we're coming into when we respond to these calls especially when batteries have occurred. The offenders can be very violent with us,” said investigator with the Stephenson County Sheriff’s Office Alegra Koser.

Investigators say no matter the call officers need to know who they are dealing with.

“And this man, like so many other domestic batterers made choices to be violent and he has done it in his past and the best indicator of future behavior is past behavior,” said Caccapaglia.

Floyd Brown, the man police say is responsible for the killing of deputy Jake Keltner has a past with domestic violence. Manager of the Mayor's Office on Domestic Violence Jennifer Caccapaglia says this adds a level of difficulty for first responders.

“There should be notification of that person’s domestic violence history and we have to make sure that our officers understand what that really means for them, that additional again layer of danger that puts them in,” said Caccapaglia.

Caccapaglia says we as a community need to recognize the danger law enforcement faces when dealing with these offenders and the dangers they pose for all of us, so we can take steps to prevent it.

“This without question has got to be a priority when making sure our officers understand that when they're responding to a domestic relationship, but how do we make sure that our first responders know that when they’re responding to anything that they’re dealing with a domestic batterer.”