Detective William Ray Tate

Detective William Ray Tate

Fort Smith Police Department, Arkansas

End of Watch Monday, January 5, 1981

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William Ray Tate

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.

Bio

  • Age 33
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .38 caliber
  • Offender Died in prison

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I would go to the police department everyday after school to see my dad and talk to the other officers.Talk to you about a week before it happened will never forget how you talk to me as if I was an adult never will forget how it made me feel,,, thank you!! Major Tom Minton's son Michael

Major Tom Minton's son Michael
Ft Smith police department

March 31, 2021

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