MILL SHOALS, IL – A standoff outside of a home in Clinton County, Illinois led to the arrest of a man who allegedly killed a Wayne County Sheriff’s Deputy.
The man is also suspected of committing a series of violent crimes after he allegedly killed the deputy.
ISP ARRESTS SUSPECT THAT MURDERED WAYNE COUNTY DEPUTY pic.twitter.com/yPo8Scq0f1
— IllinoisStatePolice (@ILStatePolice) December 30, 2021
Police reported that a man from Kentucky has been arrested and charged with the shooting death of Wayne County Sheriff’s Deputy Sean Riley.
The suspect in the case, identified as Ray Tate, allegedly led police through two different states as he fled apprehension.
Tate’s attempt at evading law enforcement started when Deputy Riley stopped out to help a motorist on the side of I-64 near Mill Shoals around 5 am.
Another law enforcement officer who heard Deputy Riley checking out with the motorist responded to assist. When he arrived on the scene, Deputy Riley’s vehicle was missing, and he found the slain officer on the ground.
Detectives immediately started their manhunt for Tate which initially led them to a QuikTrip convenience store in St. Peters. A man at this convenience store claimed that Tate somehow took him hostage and forced him to drive to this location in his semi-truck.
A man suspected of killing a Wayne County, Illinois, Sheriff's Office deputy and then going on a crime spree was arrested Wednesday, Illinois State Police said in a news release https://t.co/Xn9Yz71TuD
— CNN (@CNN) December 30, 2021
After Tate allegedly let the driver of the semi-truck go, he got into a different vehicle and made it to O’Fallon, Missouri.
Police noted afterward they were able to spot him on police surveillance video driving a white Nissan Titan truck with Missouri plates.
After he was allegedly spotted on police surveillance video, Illinois State Police reported that Tate went on a series of different criminal escapades including a “series” of carjackings, shootings, and robberies in the state of Missouri.
After the crime spree in that state, Tate allegedly made his way back to Illinois after kidnapping another person in a stolen vehicle.
Police reported that Tate broke into a residence in the City of Carlyle which is in Clinton County. Once inside the home, Tate allegedly took the homeowner and another person hostage as police closed in.
The Illinois State Police activated their SWAT team which responded to and entered the home just before 2 pm and was able to take Tate into custody. Thankfully, no one else was injured in the standoff.
After Tate’s arrest, Illinois State Police Director Brendan Kelly issued a written statement in which he acknowledged all of the law enforcement officer’s efforts at locating and arresting the alleged cop killer. He said:
“On behalf of the Illinois State Police, I extend my heartfelt condolences to Wayne County Deputy Sean Riley’s family, friends, and brothers and sisters at the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office.
Once again, the Illinois State Police has safely apprehended an alleged cop killer with exceptional professionalism, patience and persistence standing side by side with all Illinois law enforcement through another dark and difficult moment.
Mercifully, this incident was concluded with no further harm to first responders, and this defendant will now face justice.”
Democrat Illinois Governor JB Pritzker took to Twitter to express his condolences:
“Sending my deepest condolences to the family of Deputy Sean Riley and the entire Wayne County community. Deputy Riley bravely protected his fellow neighbors and our state will honor his memory.”
Sending my deepest condolences to the family of Deputy Sean Riley and the entire Wayne County community.
Deputy Riley bravely protected his fellow neighbors and our state will honor his memory. pic.twitter.com/P23t96X17v
— Governor JB Pritzker (@GovPritzker) December 30, 2021
Melissa Doss, a spokeswoman for the St. Peters Police Department also weighed in on the tragic loss of the deputy just days after Christmas. Doss said:
“He [Riley] was on a call that many of us go on several times a day, a motorist assist. It’s not something that you’re expecting to be assaulted or lose your life over. So, our hearts are with Wayne County Deputy Sheriff’s Department and the deputy’s family.”
According to reports, Timmins was checking into a car that was potentially stolen around 8 am at a Speedway gas station. A man opened fire on him, striking him at least once and leaving him him with life-threatening injuries.
As reported by KSDK:
“A fellow officer rushed Timmins to Gateway Regional Medical Center in Granite City. From there, he was airlifted to Saint Louis University Hospital in south St. Louis. Police department vehicles from several local agencies were seen parked outside the emergency departments at SLU and Gateway Regional Medical Center.”
Several hours later, Timmins succumbed to his wounds.
The alleged shooter was taken into custody. Details surrounding the suspect have not been disclosed at this time. He was sitting inside the vehicle Timmins was checking when he began shooting. A second person was also taken into custody at the scene.
A witness, who heard the shots but did not see what happened, assisted officers with getting Timmins into a squad car.
“I grabbed him by the belt and got in the police car and started pulling him in the back seat so I could help them get him in the car,” Russell Morrow told local reporters.
Timmins was 36-years old and leaves behind a wife and a daughter.
The BackStoppers have stepped in to assist the family.
“Our hearts are heavy today as we are faced with the loss of Officer Tyler Timmins. He was a hero who dedicated his life to serving and protecting our community. Officer Timmins will be honored and remembered and we will be there for his family for the long road ahead,” Chief Ron Battelle, BackStoppers Executive Director, said in a statement on their website.
Departments from around the country have posted their tributes on social media.
“Our heartfelt condolences go out to the family, friends, & co-workers of Police Officer Tyler Timmins of the Pontoon Beach Police Department, who was shot & killed while investigating a stolen vehicle. He has served his community for 15 years. #FidelisAdMortem” -NYPD
Fidelis Ad Mortem is a Latin phrase meaning faithful unto death, and is the motto of the NYPD.
Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown said:
“On behalf of myself and the @Chicago_Police Department, we offer our prayers and condolences to the Pontoon Beach Police Department, family, and loved ones of Officer Tyler Timmins. Officer Timmins made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty and will #NeverBeForgotten.”
The @JolietPolice send our condolences to the family, friends & coworkers of Pontoon Beach, IL Police Officer Tyler Timmins. Ofc Timmins was shot and killed in the line of duty yesterday while investigating a stolen vehicle. Rest in peace Ofc Timmins.
A GoFundMe page has been set up as well. They have reached their initial goal of $10,000 and are moving towards their second funding goal to assist his family.
On behalf of everyone here at Law Enforcement Today, our thoughts an prayers are with the family of Officer Timmins, both blood and blue.
Pontoon Beach Police Officer Tyler Timmins, End of Watch; 10/26/2021.