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A Kentucky man charged with first-degree murder is charged with kidnapping two people, killing an Illinois police officer, and a series of auto thefts and robberies.

Ray Tate, 40, of Hopkinsville, Kentucky, was located Wednesday after a crime spree in Illinois and Missouri.

He was arrested around 2 p.m. and charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of Illinois Police Deputy Sean Riley around 5 a.m. of that morning.

Riley responded to a call for motorist assistance on Interstate 64 near Mill Shoals, Illinois, around 5 a.m. Wednesday, according to a Facebook post from the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office.

When a second officer arrived at the scene, he found Riley dead. The sheriff’s squad car was missing, but was later found abandoned near I-64 east. The exact location was not disclosed. It is unclear if Tate stole the police car.

Police began tracking Tate, first to St. Peters, Missouri, after he was suspected of robbing a truck two hours after Riley was shot. The semi-driver was taken hostage, Illinois State Police said in a statement.

Around 7 a.m., the driver and Tate arrived at a QuikTrip in St. Peters, Missouri, police said, where Tate shot and abducted another man.

The man, who was not identified by police, was shot in the shoulder and his white Nissan Titan stolen. He was later found abandoned off Highway 70 near O’Fallon.

He was taken to the hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening.


He shot the victim around 7 a.m., two hours after he reportedly fatally shot an Illinois police officer, Sean Riley, on I-64 near Mills Shoals, Illinois.

“While he was in Missouri, a series of auto break-ins, robberies and shootings occurred,” the Illinois State Police said in a statement.

St. Peters police said that after he abandoned the car near Interstate 70, Tate stole a white pickup, police said.

He drove to a home in Carlyle, Illinois, and broke in, taking the homeowner and the semiconductor hostage, police said.

The Clinton County Sheriff’s Office warned Carlyle residents about two men “considered armed and dangerous” because they weren’t sure if the landlord was involved.


Illinois State Police said the owner and semiconductor hostages were found there unharmed.

Tate was booked into the Clinton County Jail and charged with first degree murder by the Wayne County State Attorney.

He recently ended his probation, which ended on December 21, after being in and out of prison in Kentucky for promoting smuggling, various counts of senseless endangerment, illegal possession of methamphetamine precursors, and fleeing or evading the police.

He was released at the end of April.

The agent’s body was taken to a Vanderburgh County, Indiana, morgue and escorted back to Illinois on Wednesday, an Indiana state police confirmed to DailyMail.com on Wednesday.

Ray Tate Quick and Facts

  • Ray Tate, 40, of Hopkinsville, Kentucky, has been charged with first-degree murder after allegedly shooting an Illinois police deputy 
  • Tate, who finished parole on December 21, is accused of killing deputy Sean Riley, before carjacking a semi and taking the driver hostage  
  • He is suspected of killing a cop during a traffic stop in Illinois around 5am; his car was abandoned on the side of I-64
  • Deputy Sean Riley was found dead at the scene by a second officer 
  • The suspect then traveled to a QuikTrip in St. Peters, Missouri, where police said he shot a man and carjacked him around 7am on Wednesday  
  • Tate and the hostage traveled back to Illinois, where the convict broke into a home and took the homeowner as a second hostage 
  • He was taken into custody around 2pm and the two hostages were found safe inside the home in Carlyle, Illinois 
  • Tate spent years in and out of Kentucky jails for promoting contraband, wanton endangerment, unlawful possession of meth precursor, and evading police
  • The Indiana State Police told DailyMail.com that they escorted Riley’s body back to Illinois on Wednesday  

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