Deputy Sheriff Sean Ian Riley

Deputy Sheriff Sean Ian Riley

Wayne County Sheriff's Office, Illinois

End of Watch Wednesday, December 29, 2021

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Sean Ian Riley

Deputy Sheriff Sean Riley was shot and killed after responding to assist a motorist near mile marker 115 on I-64 at about 5:00 am.

Another officer responding to back him up found him suffering from fatal gunshot wounds, and his patrol car was missing. The subject later abandoned the patrol car on I-64 before fleeing to St. Peters, Missouri, where he carjacked and shot a citizen. The man then abandoned the vehicle before stealing another vehicle and returning to Illinois. He was taken into custody in the early afternoon.

The suspect was convicted of Deputy Riley's murder and sentenced to life without parole in April 2022.

Deputy Riley had served with the Wayne County Sheriff's Office for three years. He is survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 38
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Life without parole

disabled motorist

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After listening to Dylan Wolfe sing about him I wanted to know more about Dylans song inspiration. I am currently obsconding but still I love and respect our officers and wanted to show my respects here. My case is not what matters here. And his life is. Thankyou officer Riley for doing your part to serve and protect us all. Even me. And thankyou to his family for the sacrifice you made he will not be forgotten. Much love n light!

Vera Jones
No relation friend of Dylan Wolfe.

October 21, 2023

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