UPDATE: The suspect, Floyd E. Brown, was arrested Thursday evening after an hours-long standoff.
ROCKFORD, Ill.— A U.S. Marshal died Thursday after being shot in northern Illinois while serving a warrant to an armed man who fled the scene and crashed his vehicle 170 miles away, leading to a barricade situation, according to officials.
Trooper Sean Ramsey tells PIX11 sister station WGN-TV that the unidentified marshal died. He worked for the McHenry County Sheriff’s Department.
Police have several officers and a negotiator at the crash scene, where the suspect is inside his vehicle, according to officials. Troopers have closed down Interstate 55 in both directions.
Authorities said the suspect, 39-year-old Floyd E. Brown, shot the marshal earlier Thursday at a hotel in Rockford as a fugitive task force tried to serve an arrest warrant. He then fled in a vehicle and drove south.
Rockford police Lt. Andre Brass said investigators believed Brown was armed when he fled the hotel in a light blue or silver Mercury Grand Marquis.
“Mr. Brown is considered armed and dangerous,” Brass said during a news conference Thursday morning. “Please do not approach.”
Brass said Brown was wanted on several warrants when the task force went to an Extended Stay America hotel in Rockford, a city about 80 miles northwest of Chicago.
Brass didn’t know what specific crimes the warrants alleged but said Brown was from the Springfield area, in central Illinois.
“We just want to end this incident peacefully with his surrender,” Brass said. \