San Pablo police release video in effort to solve Shawn Tillis’ murder


San Pablo police today released surveillance video footage from a shooting in 2020 that killed 27-year-old Shawn Tillis and are asking the public for any information that could help solve the murder.

The video shows Tillis parking his vehicle in a parking lot in the 1300 block of Rumrill Boulevard about 2:48 a.m. on June 12, 2020, according to San Pablo police Detective Almir Dugonjic. Soon after, two suspects are seen walking up to his vehicle and firing over 30 rounds using an assault rifle and a handgun.

The suspects fled in a 2015 Volkswagon Passat that had been stolen in Southern California back in 2019, Det. Dugonjic said. The vehicle has since been recovered, but no arrests have been made. Investigators lack any description of the suspect apart from the dark clothing depicted in the surveillance videos.

“This is an active and ongoing investigation,” Det. Dugonjic said, noting that California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s Office is offering a $50,000 reward to anyone with information leading to the arrest and conviction of any suspects in Tillis’ murder.

A family member described Tillis as a “loving father, brother son and husband who was an integral member of his family.

“Shawn might not have meant much to everyone else, but to us, he meant everything,” the family member said. “He was not perfect, but he was and is loved immensely by his family.”

Someone coming forward with information “could help close this case and would also help our family begin the healing process,” she added.