A tow truck driver was convicted on homicide charges in connection to a shooting that occurred during an apparent road rage dispute in Oak Brook, Illinois, in 2017.
On Wednesday, May 18, 2022, authorities announced that tow truck driver Anthony Tillmon, 39, was found guilty of first-degree murder in the death of 43 year old Florida-based truck driver Eduardo Munoz, according to DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin.
From a DuPage County news release describing the shooting death of Munoz:
On April 21, 2017, at approximately 4:50 p.m., the victim, Eduardo Munoz, 43, of Florida, was traveling eastbound on I-88 in Oak Brook. While driving, Munoz and Tillmon were involved in some type of “road rage” incident and appeared to be yelling at each other. Shortly thereafter, near the I-294 Interchange, Tillmon pulled his vehicle alongside the driver’s side of Munoz’s semitrailer, pointed a handgun at Munoz and pulled the trigger, hitting Munoz three times as he was driving. Following the shooting, Tillmon exited the highway and sped away. An investigation into the shooting conducted by the Illinois State Police and the DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office led authorities to Tillmon. On April 25, 2017, Tillmon turned himself in to authorities at the DuPage County Sheriff’s Office. After being shot, Munoz was able to pull his semitrailer to the right shoulder of the road. He was found in the driver’s seat of the semitrailer and transported to Elmhurst Hospital where he was pronounced dead due to multiple gunshot wounds.
Tillmon’s bond was set at $3 million with 10% to apply during a court appearance on April 26, 2017. He has remained in the the DuPage County Jail since that date.
Tillmon is facing a prison sentence of between forty-five years to natural life in prison.
“First and foremost, I want to again express my sincerest condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Munoz,” Berlin said. “There is no excuse whatsoever for Mr. Tillmon’s violent actions. Because of his complete disregard for human life, including Mr. Munoz’s and the entire motoring public’s, he now finds himself facing the possibility of spending the rest of his life behind bars. The miracle of this entire tragic situation is that somehow, after being shot multiple times, Mr. Munoz managed to safely get his truck to the shoulder of the road possibly saving countless lives. I thank Judge Kinsella for ensuring a fair trial for both sides. I thank the Illinois State Police and Director Brendan Kelly for their outstanding efforts on this case which ultimately led to today’s guilty verdict. I also thank Assistant State’s Attorneys Joseph Lindt, Nick Catizone and Matthew Dambach for their efforts in securing justice in the name of Eduardo Munoz.”