Wayne County, Illinois, suspect in custody after 'killing deputy and going on carjacking spree'

A MANHUNT is underway after a suspect allegedly killed a deputy before going on a carjacking spree and holding a woman hostage.

The suspect is believed to have carjacked at least five victims, a 44News reporter claimed.

At around 5am this morning, a sheriff, who has been identified by 14News as Sean Riley, responded to a call for a "motor assist" on Interstate 64 in Illinois.

When another officer arrived, they found Deputy Riley's body at the scene, but his squad car was missing.

It was later found abandoned on Interstate 64, according to the outlet.

Shortly after, the same suspect is believed to have been involved in another crime at a QuikTrip at roughly 7.11am in St Peters, Missouri.

The suspect allegedly carjacked the victim and shot him in the process before fleeing.

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The victim was hit in the shoulder and rushed to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The victim's vehicle was later found off of Highway 70, but the suspect was not inside.

He instead was believed to be in another vehicle – a white Nissan Titan pickup with Missouri license place 0WE-A43.

However, the suspect is now believed to be involved in a hostage situation in Carlyle, Illinois.

Reports suggested that he allegedly entered a home and has taken a woman hostage, however, this has not yet been confirmed by police.

Indiana State Police Public Information Officer Sgt Todd Ringle said that one suspect was in custody while another was still inside the residence.

Initial local reports indicated that there was one suspect, however, it appears there is now a second.

Police released images of the suspect who was wearing a light gray hoodie, dark pants and dark shoes. He should be considered armed and dangerous, cops said.

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