Tate charged with Wayne C0. deputy’s murder

The Kentucky man who led police on a multi-county manhunt after the shooting death of a Wayne County sheriff’s deputy has been charged with murder.

Ray E. Tate, Jr., 40, appeared in court via Zoom from Clinton County Jail. According to police, Tate allegedly shot Deputy Sean Riley early Wednesday morning along Interstate 64. Riley was dispatched for a motorist assist when he was found gunned down with his squad car missing.

Ray Tate was charged with murder and intent to kill in the shooting death of Wayne Co. Sheriff’s Deputy Sean Riley.

Throughout the manhunt, Tate also reportedly carjacked a semi-truck and stole cars in St. Peters, O’Fallon and Greenville. He was also wanted in a carjacking in Vincennes, IN, on Dec. 16.

Tate was arrested that afternoon following a standoff with local and federal officers in rural Carlyle. A couple of hostages were also freed unharmed after the incident. Tate was taken to Clinton County Jail to await charges.

Tate has been assigned public defender Heidi Hoffee to represent him.

A preliminary hearing has been set for Jan. 25 at 1 p.m.

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