Deputy Sheriff Jacob Howard Keltner

Deputy Sheriff Jacob Howard Keltner

McHenry County Sheriff's Office, Illinois

End of Watch Thursday, March 7, 2019

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Jacob Howard Keltner

Deputy Sheriff Jacob Keltner was shot and killed as he and other members of the Great Lakes Regional Fugitive Task Force attempted to serve an arrest warrant in Rockford, Illinois.

The task force located the subject at a hotel at 747 North Bell School Road. They were attempting to arrest the man at 9:15 a.m. when he opened fire with a rifle, striking a woman who was staying with him. The man then exited the room and opened fire on officers who were outside, striking Officer Keltner.

The man then fled from the hotel and led officers on a pursuit that lasted over 150 miles. The vehicle became disabled on I-55 near Lincoln, and the subject was taken into custody after barricading himself inside of it for several hours.

Deputy Keltner was transported to a local hospital, where he succumbed to his wounds approximately six hours after being shot.

The subject was convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to 55 years.

Deputy Keltner had served with the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office for 13 years. He is survived by his wife, two young children, his father and brother, who both work in DuPage County law enforcement, and other family members.


  • Age 35
  • Tour 13 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle
  • Offender Sentenced to 55 years

convicted felon, warrant service

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Jake and his family were our neighbors. We saw them when we were out in the backyard (we shared a property line) and enjoyed watching his oldest grow and the youngest we knew since birth. They were great neighbors, with lovely kids and we would have a neighborly hello/visit with them on family walks too. She has moved away now, and the fence the new owner put up is a constant reminder that he and his family are gone. What a loss for us all.

Lisa Positeri

August 31, 2023

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