CARLYLE, Ill. (WTWO/WAWV) – Authorities have identified the suspect in the death of an Illinois sheriff’s deputy.
According to Illinois State Police, Wayne County Sheriff’s Deputy Sean Riley was dispatched to a motorist assist on Interstate 64 early Wednesday morning.
A short time later, another responding officer found Deputy Riley dead on the scene. The deputy’s squad car was missing and later found abandoned a short time later just east of the scene.
Illinois State Police say the suspect, 40-year-old Ray Tate of Hopkinsville, Kentucky, carjacked a semi trailer near where the deputy’s car was located. Police say Tate held the semi driver against his will and had him drive to a gas station in St. Peter’s, Missouri.
Police say a series of carjackings, robberies and shootings then occurred. According to Illinois State Police, Tate then traveled back into Illinois with a kidnapped person in another stolen vehicle, committed a home invasion and then held the homeowner and the person from the vehicle hostage in rural Clinton County.
ISP SWAT Operators were able to make entry into the home and the two people were found uninjured, and Tate was taken into custody.
According to our sister station WEHT, 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.