Fallen McHenry County Deputy described as 'dedicated' and 'hard-working'

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- The McHenry County Sheriff's Department calls Thursday's incident "bitter news" after the death of one of its own.

Courtesy: McHenry County Sheriff's Department

In a Facebook post, the department wrote Keltner was integral to the office and "had risen quickly to greater responsibilities after he was first sworn in 2006. He was loved and respected by all his colleagues, and he will be sorely missed."

McHenry County Sheriff Bill Prim says he will not "dwell on the circumstances that gave rise to his untimely death."

"He was dedicated he was hard working," said Prim. "He volunteered for the position he worked in. He was part of a group of officers that chased the worst of the worst and unfortunately sometimes when people are willing to take on these responsibilities sometimes this was an unfortunate in."

Prim thanks other sheriff's offices, Rockford Police, Illinois State Police and other agencies for handling a "dangerous" crime scene and bringing the offender into custody without further injury.


The McHenry County Sheriff’s Office confirms deputy Jacob Keltner died while serving a warrant Thursday morning.

Keltner had been working with U.S. Marshals under the Great Lake Regional Fugitive Task Force.

He had served the McHenry community almost 13 years, according to the McHenry County's Sheriff's Office.

Police say Keltner was shot Thursday morning while serving a warrant. The suspect, Floyd E. Brown, was wanted for burglary charges in McLean County.

For the original report and more updates on the shooting, click here.