DESTIN — The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office has charged a former taxi cab operator with an open count of murder in connection with the June 24 shooting death of an Uber driver on Okaloosa Island.

 

Timothy Layne Anderson, 35, of Bayou Drive in Destin, was arrested Tuesday night after being linked to the killing of 29-year-old Filip Kirilov. Kirilov died after being shot multiple times inside his van, which had been discovered around 6:30 a.m. on June 24 with the engine still running at the intersection of Nautilus Court and Porpoise Street.

The van was equipped with a video camera recording on the front windshield. It contained audio of a man’s voice telling Kirilov where to drop him off. 30 seconds later, the first gunshot is heard, followed by two more, and video of the defendant is seen running southbound away from the van.

OCSO investigators made an emergency query for the Uber records pertaining to the victim’s fare log and found a fare for “Joe Smith” with a phone number that turned out to be for a Tracfone.

 

On June 25, deputies made contact with a suspicious man at McDonald's at 895 Harbor Drive in Destin and identified him as Timothy Anderson.

Using video surveillance from various businesses, OCSO investigators were able to track portions of Anderson’s movements, including the purchase of a Tracfone from the Destin Walmart on June 13 with the same phone number used to call for an Uber Sunday morning.

Anderson was taken into custody and arrested Tuesday evening. However, the investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to please contact the OCSO at 850-651-7400 or Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers at 850-863-TIPS, emeraldcoastcrimestoppers.com, or by using the P3 Mobile Tips application.