Ill. deputy found shot to death; suspect in custody

Deputy Sean Riley was responding to a motorist assist on an interstate when he was shot and killed

Duty Death: Sean Riley - [Wayne County, Illinois]

End of Service: 12/29/2021

By Sarah Calams

MILL SHOALS, Ill. — An Illinois sheriff's deputy was shot and killed Wednesday morning, activating a bi-state manhunt for the suspect. According to Illinois State Police, the suspect, identified as 40-year-old Ray Tate, was taken into custody around 1:30 p.m. 

Wayne County (Ill.) Sheriff's Deputy Sean Riley was responding to a motorist assist around 5 a.m. on an interstate near the Indiana border when he was shot by Tate, reported. Riley was found dead when another officer arrived on scene. Riley's squad car was also missing, but was later found abandoned.

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of our loved Deputy Sean Riley," the department wrote on Facebook.

Tate was also connected to a shooting and carjacking at a QuikTrip gas station around 7 a.m. According to police, Tate drove away from the gas station after shooting another man while stealing his car. The shooting victim was taken to a hospital in stable condition, according to the report. Tate ditched the stolen vehicle off a highway and then stole a white pickup truck, police said. 



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