CLINTON CO., IL (WEHT) – The suspect in the shooting of Wayne County Sheriff’s Deputy Sean Riley has been identified as 40-year-old Ray Tate of Hopkinsville, Kentucky. Tate is believed to have fatally shot Deputy Riley and stolen his police vehicle on Wednesday morning.
The police cruiser was found abandoned just east of where Deputy Riley was found. It’s believed Tate then carjacked a semitrailer and forced the driver to take him to a gas station in St. Peter’s, Missouri.
After at least another carjacking, Tate made his way to Illinois with a kidnapped victim in another stolen vehicle. In rural Clinton County, Tate held a homeowner and his kidnapping victim hostage. On Wednesday afternoon, ISP SWAT troopers were able to enter the home and apprehend the suspect without incident. The homeowner and kidnapping victim were found unhurt.
Tate is believed to have been previously wanted for a carjacking near Vincennes, Indiana. He is currently being held in the Clinton County Jail on a charge of first degree murder.
“On behalf of the Illinois State Police, I extend my heartfelt condolences to Wayne County Deputy Sean Riley’s family, friends, and brothers and sisters at the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office,” stated ISP Director Brendan F. Kelly. “Once again, the Illinois State Police has safely apprehended an alleged cop killer with exceptional professionalism, patience and persistence standing side by side with all Illinois law enforcement through another dark and difficult moment. Mercifully, this incident was concluded with no further harm to first responders, and this defendant will now face justice,”
This is a developing story and we’ll keep you updated.