Alleged Murderer of Wayne County Sheriff’s Deputy Captured

By The Chicago Times Staff

December 30, 2021

FAIRFIELD, IL — The suspect in the murder of a Wayne County Sheriff’s Deputy has been captured.

Ray Tate, 40, of Kentucky, allegedly hijacked a semi-truck after the murder of Deputy Sean Riley.

Tate held the driver of the semi-truck at gunpoint and demanded the driver to take him to a gas station in St. Peter’s, Missouri.  It is further alleged that Tate participated in a series of robberies and carjackings in the St. Peter’s area.

According to police, Tate returned to Illinois in a stolen vehicle with the vehicle owner held at gunpoint.  The stolen vehicle was later found at a home in Carlyle, Illinois where Tate held both the stolen vehicle owner and homeowner hostage.

Illinois State Police’s Special Weapons and Tactics team later took Tate into custody around 2 p.m. on Wednesday.  Both hostages were found unharmed.

Tate has been charged with first degree murder by the Wayne County State’s Attorney.

Photo: Illinois State Police