I-55 shut down for standoff between police, suspected shooter

By Mark Schremmer, Land Line associate editor | 3/7/2019

A standoff between police and a suspected shooter shut down Interstate 55 in Lincoln, Ill., according to multiple reports.

The suspect, Floyd E. Brown, 39, of Springfield, Ill., was stopped in his vehicle along I-55 on Thursday, March 7, after a shooting killed a sheriff’s deputy earlier that day in Rockford, Ill., the Peoria Journal Star reported.

“Illinois State Police officers engaged in a pursuit with the suspect. The suspect is currently stationary inside of his vehicle on I-55 southbound … in Logan County,” the Illinois State Police wrote Thursday afternoon on its Facebook page. “I-55 northbound and southbound at this location are temporarily shut down. Route 66 is also temporarily shut down.”

The Illinois State Police said that its SWAT teams were on scene and that crisis negotiation officers were on route.

According to the reports, a sheriff’s deputy assigned to the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force was shot at a hotel in Rockford, Ill., as the officers were attempting to serve Brown an arrest warrant.

 

 

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