Wayne County Sheriff’s Deputy Killed in Fatal I-64 Shooting

Wayne County Sheriff’s Deputy Killed in Fatal I-64 Shooting

A Wayne County Sheriff’s deputy was reportedly shot and killed early Wednesday morning on Interstate 64. 

Reports indicate that shortly before 5 a.m., the Deputy Sean Riley responded to a call for a motorist assist at the 115 mile marker on I-64.  Soon after the deputy called in license information on the vehicle, he was shot and the suspect drove off with the deputy’s patrol vehicle.  The patrol vehicle was later located, leaving authorities to believe the suspect(s) had fled on foot.

The deputy was pronounced dead at the scene at 5:07 a.m.

Police said the suspect possibly fled to St. Peter, Mo., but a massive manhunt continues in Wayne County with a large section of the interstate shut down. In the area of the incident, heavily armed police are searching for the suspect – some on 4-wheelers.

The St. Peter Police Department issued a statement late Wednesday morning stating there was an – “Active scene/investigation” at a Quik Trip where a male subject carjacked a victim and shot the victim in the process before fleeing the area.

The statement said the victim was transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. It’s believed to be a continuation of fatal shooting.

Police said it’s an ongoing and evolving investigation and no additional information will be released at this time. It’s believed that the suspect departed the immediate area. For more information, contact the Illinois State Police at 217-524-2500.