Murder suspect found dead in Macon County
CLINTON — At approximately 9 p.m. on Monday, DeWitt County CenCom received a call from someone saying they believed they had located the vehicle driven by Jose De Jesus Gomez Muñoz near a wind tower in Macon County just south of the DeWitt/Macon County line.
Muñoz was wanted for the Sunday killing of his father-in-law, John Wesley “Wes” Anderson, of rural Kenney.
DeWitt County deputies responded to the location, along with Macon County deputies There they located the white Honda Accord driven by Muñoz. Muñoz was in the driver's seat of the vehicle and had apparently died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to the DeWitt County Sheriff’s Office.
Macon County Sheriff's Office, Macon County Coroner and Illinois State Police will be handling the death investigation of Muñoz.
Authorities were searching for Muñoz, 45, of rural Kenney, after he allegedly shot two people near Kenney on Sunday.
The DeWitt County Sheriff’s Office, assisted by multiple additional law enforcement agencies, responded at about 3:23 p.m. on Sunday to a report of an active shooter south of Kenney on Kenney Road. The sheriff’s office at that time issued a public warning for residents to stay away from the area.
Residents within a two-mile radius were advised to shelter in place or evacuate, if possible, and to report suspicious activity to 911.
Deputies located one victim in his vehicle on Ill. Rt. 54 and Jordan Street, in Kenney, DeWitt County Sheriff Mike Walker reported during a media statement at the sheriff’s office on Sunday night. Walker said the victim had multiple gunshot wounds and was transported to Warner Hospital, Clinton, and then to Carle Hospital, Champaign, where he remained in stable condition.
Walker said four other people were in hiding and located by law enforcement, and a fifth person was dead at the scene.
Muñoz was wanted for murder and several other felonies in connection with the crime, Walker said. He said it appeared Muñoz left the scene in a white, 2019 Honda Accord, Illinois license DT50632.
On Tuesday, Walker announced enough time had elapsed since the incident, he felt the suspect was likely out of the area, and Kenney area residents could resume their normal activities.
Later on Tuesday, DeWitt County Coroner Randy Rice revealed the identity of the deceased victim as John Wesley “Wes” Anderson, 78, of rural Kenney. Rice reported Anderson was pronounced dead at the scene on Sunday.
The second victim was identified as Kigan Antonio Muñoz. Kigan Munoz received multiple gunshot wounds and was listed as stable at Carle Hospital, Champaign.
Anderson was the father-in-law of Jesus Muñoz and grandfather of Kigan Muñoz.