Dylan Lovato, 22, of Beach Park | Photo: McDonough County Jail

A Beach Park man was charged with first-degree murder for allegedly shooting and killing his ex-girlfriend’s acquaintance in western Illinois this week.

Dylan Lovato, 22, of Beach Park, was charged by the McDonough County State’s Attorney’s Office with four counts of first-degree murder.

The shooting occurred in Macomb, Illinois, near Western Illinois University.

Macomb Police Chief Jerel Jones said his officers responded around 4:34 a.m. Wednesday to 425 North Charles Street in Macomb for a report of a person shot inside an apartment.

Officers arrived and talked to a woman who witnessed the incident.

The woman told police her ex-boyfriend, Lovato, keyed into the apartment and shot her acquaintance while he was lying in bed, Jones said.

The victim was identified as Ivan Almanza, according to court documents obtained by WGEM News.

Lovato allegedly shot Almanza in the head, court documents said.

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Almanza was transported to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The woman told police that Lovato left the area in a vehicle immediately following the shooting.

Lovato was later stopped by police the same day in Galesburg, Illinois, where he was arrested.

Lovato graduated from Western Illinois University in 2020 with a degree in law enforcement and justice administration, KHQA News reported.

The McDonough County State’s Attorney’s Office said Lovato’s father is a police officer in the Waukegan area.

Jones said Almanza was not a current student at Western Illinois University. His LinkedIn profile shows he was a former student at the school.

A judge set Lovato’s bond at $5 million, meaning he would need to post $500,000 to be released.