Macomb police release details in homicide investigation

Published: Mar. 9, 2022 at 6:42 AM CST|Updated: Mar. 10, 2022 at 6:42 AM CST
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MACOMB (WGEM) - Macomb police released additional details on a homicide investigation during a Wednesday afternoon news conference.

Chief Jerel Jones said Dylan Lovato, of Beach Park, Illinois, was in custody and awaiting charges after he allegedly shot a male acquaintance of a woman who told police Lovato was her ex-boyfriend.

Dylan Lovato
Dylan Lovato(McDonough County Sheriff's Office)

Jones said police responded at 4:34 a.m. Wednesday to 425 N. Charles St. for a report of an individual shot inside an apartment. When officers arrived, a female witness reportedly told them Lovato had entered the apartment with a key and shot the victim while he was in bed.

Jones said the man was taken to the McDonough District Hospital by paramedics, where he was pronounced dead at 5:09 a.m.

The woman reportedly told police Lovato got in a car and left the apartment.

Jones said Lovato was later stopped by police in Galesburg, Illinois, where he was taken into custody without incident.

Jones said Lovato was then taken to the McDonough County Jail where he is awaiting criminal charges from the McDonough County States Attorney’s Office.

The shooting was near the campus of Western Illinois University which caused WIU officials to alert students via email Wednesday morning to stay away from the area during the investigation. This caused concern for some students.

George Dixon is a senior who lives off-campus near the crime scene at the Four Oaks Apartments.

“It was pretty shocking honestly, to see that around Macomb. You don’t get that type of interaction down here.”

Junior Derrick Lewis was staying at a friend’s house near where the shooting happened.

“This is Macomb so you don’t really expect nothing like that and just being kind of that close to it, man I don’t really know how to take that.”

While police say no one involved is connected to Western Illinois University, Dixon is still concerned for students’ safety.

“It’s Macomb so it’s pretty much quiet and you know it’s probably just a situation that happened between two people that ended up badly but at the same time you don’t really get that here.”

Dixon hopes nothing like this happens in Macomb again.

“I hate to see that people have to go out like that. You know cause violence and stuff like that.”

During the news conference, Jones shared his condolences to the family and said counselors are being made available to assist students if needed.

“Please note that our hearts go out to the family of the deceased, and everyone directly impacted by this tragic incident. While the victim was not a university student, the location of the incident occurred in close proximity to the WIU campus. WIU counselors are further assisting university students with counseling services,” Jones said.

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