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Detective William Ray Tate | Fort Smith Police Department, Arkansas Fort Smith Police Department, Arkansas

Detective

William Ray Tate

Fort Smith Police Department, Arkansas

End of Watch: Monday, January 5, 1981

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 33

Tour: 4 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .38 caliber

Offender: Died in prison

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Detective Tate was shot and killed after being abducted along with three crime victims. A woman and a co-worker had gone to the police station to report that the woman's husband was missing. After taking the report Detective Tate followed the two back to her residence. He advised dispatch of his arrival and then made no further contact.

The bodies of Detective Tate, the woman, and the co-worker were found the following day. Detective Tate had been restrained in his own handcuffs and had been shot in the back of the head. The body of the missing husband was found in a nearby recreation area. A suspect was apprehended and charged with four counts of kidnapping and murder. The suspect was convicted of all counts and sentenced to death but died in prison.

Detective Tate had been with the agency for four years and was survived by his wife, son, daughter and sister.

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