In Memoriam:  Deputy Sheriff Jacob “Jake” Keltner

Sheriff Bill Prim of the McHenry County Sheriff Department in Illinois, sadly reports the death of Deputy Jacob Keltner.

Deputy Keltner, 35, was shot and killed as he and other members of the Great Lakes Regional Fugitive Task Force attempted to execute an arrest warrant for a wanted subject at a Rockford, Illinois motel.

The U.S. Marshal’s Fugitive Team officers located the suspect’s room at the motel.  When officers announced their presence and notified the suspect of an arrest warrant, the suspect opened fire with a rifle through the door. 

The suspect jumped through a third story window and ran to the motel parking lot where he encountered Deputy Keltner.  The suspect shot Deputy Keltner then got into a vehicle and fled the scene.

Officers pursued the suspect and a high speed pursuit followed.  The suspect’s vehicle became disabled after a Illinois State Trooper used a PIT manuver to cause the suspect to lose control of the vehicle and crash into a drainage ditch.  The pursuit covered a distance of over one hundred and fifty miles.  The suspect remained barricaded inside the vehicle for several hours prior to his surrendering to officers.

Deputy Keltner was transported to the Javon Bea Hospital in Rockford where he succumbed to his gunshot wounds several hours later. 

Deputy Keltner served the McHenry County Sheriff Department for thirteen years.  He comes from a law enforcement family.  His brother is a DuPage County Sheriff Deputy and his father retired from the DuPage County Sheriff Department.  Deputy Keltner is survived by his wife and two young children.  

Deputy Sheriff Jacob Keltner is gone, but will never be forgotten.  EOW:  Thursday, March 7, 2019.

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