CLINTON COUNTY, IL — The early Wednesday morning shooting death of Wayne County Sheriff’s Deputy Sean Riley led policing agencies across two states on a manhunt that ended with a hostage situation in Clinton County.
According to Illinois State Police, 40-year-old Ray Tate was taken into custody around 1:45 p.m. Wednesday and two hostages were uninjured. The manhunt started before 5 a.m. Wednesday when Deputy Riley responded to motorists assist call on Interstate 64 in Wayne County. According to the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office, when another officer arrived on scene, Deputy Riley was discovered shot to death and his squad car was missing. The patrol vehicle was later found abandoned along the interstate. Tate is suspected of then carjacking a semi truck driver who dropped him off in St. Peters where around 7:20 a.m. he stole a third vehicle at a Quik Trip after shooting that victim.
By 9 a.m. the suspect took a fourth vehicle in O’Fallon, Mo., and by 10 a.m. he reportedly took another vehicle and a possible hostage whose phone was pinging in Pochahontas. Around noon he was reported in Greenville where he took a tan Ford Flex with dealer plates. A suspect believed to be Tate was then spotted in Carlyle where he allegedly attempted to break into a home. The Ford Flex taken in Greenville was discovered in a garage on Emerald and Beaver roads in rural Carlyle. A female was reportedly being held hostage in the basement of the home where the suspect possessed a large number of firearms.
Tate was taken into custody and transported to the Clinton County Jail to await the formal filing of charges and setting of bond. He’s likely facing charges in multiple jurisdictions including murder charges in Wayne County. Tate has been sought by the Knox County, Indiana Sheriff’s Department since earlier this month for a suspected carjacking in Vincennes where he reportedly shot at the vehicle’s driver before taking the vehicle and later dumping the vehicle later that day.