Suspect in shooting death of ISP soldier arrested after wave of multi-state crimes – NBC Chicago
Illinois State Police on Wednesday arrested a man who they said shot dead a Sheriff’s Deputy in Wayne County and then embarked on a brazen crime spree that ended in the taking hostage of several people inside a residence.
Authorities said Ray Tate, 40, was arrested by a SWAT crew on Wednesday afternoon, just hours after he allegedly shot dead a police officer on Interstate 64.
At around 5 a.m., Illinois State Police were called in to assist in a shooting involving an officer in Wayne County, in the far south of Illinois. Around the same time, Deputy Sean Riley of the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department was called in to assist a motorist near mile post 115 on Interstate 64, authorities said.
When another officer arrived at the scene, they discovered that Riley had been shot and his police car had been stolen. He was recovered shortly after, just east of where he had been killed.
Police said the suspect in the case then hijacked a tractor-trailer at the same location. The driver of the truck was forced to drive Tate to a gas station in St. Peters, Missouri, police said.
There, a series of carjackings, thefts and shootings unfolded before Tate abducted a victim and forced them to drive her back to Carlyle, Illinois.
It was there that Tate then allegedly broke into a house and took the owner hostage, as well as the driver of the vehicle.
At approximately 1:42 p.m., an ISP SWAT team entered the residence and took Tate into custody without further incident.
The driver of the vehicle and the owner were not injured in the incident.
Tate now faces first degree murder charges in connection with Riley’s death.
“Illinois State Police safely apprehended a suspected cop killer with exceptional professionalism, patience and persistence, alongside Illinois law enforcement during another dark and dark time. difficult, “ISP Director Brendan Kelly said in a statement. âFortunately, this incident ended without further prejudice to the first responders, and this defendant will now face justice. “
It is not clear whether any of the other shootings, carjackings or thefts in which Tate was allegedly involved resulted in injuries or deaths, and an investigation is still ongoing.