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Two dead after two-county rampage
The investigation continues into the events that led up to the Oct. 10 murder of a former Atascosa County commissioner and the discovery of his suspected killer’s body two days later.
Chief Deputy David Soward of the Atascosa County Sheriff’s Office said that the body of 19-year-old Manuel De Los Reyes Galeas was found at 1 p.m. Oct. 12 in a creek located approximately one-half mile from where he allegedly murdered former Atascosa County Commissioner Tommy Shearrer, 54. Galeas had suffered a single gunshot wound to the head, Soward said, from a 9mm pistol. A similar weapon, which authorities believe also was used to kill Shearrer, was found nearby.
Galeas was the subject of an exhaustive search by deputies from Bexar and Atascosa counties. A warrant was issued for his arrest in connection with Shearrer’s murder, after the area native was found shot to death inside his pickup truck on St. Augustine Road near F.M. 3006, approximately 8 miles southwest of the Wilson County line near the St. Augustine community.
Galeas also was the subject of two arrest warrants from Bexar County, which charged him with deadly conduct with a firearm and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, in connection with an incident earlier that day. Bexar County sheriff’s Investigator Louis Antu said Galeas allegedly shot at his girlfriend near her home on U.S. 281 before fleeing to Atascosa County. The two incidents are not believed to be connected, he said.
Soward said a vehicle matching the description of the one in which Galeas fled was found on U.S. 281 near St. Augustine Road. He believes that Galeas might have been walking away from the crash scene when Shearrer drove up to assist him. It is unclear what might have caused Galeas to kill Shearrer a short time later.
Soward said the wrecked vehicle was ordered towed from the scene by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Highway Patrol, just before Bexar County officials alerted their Atascosa County counterparts that Galeas was headed their way. The vehicle and evidence collected from Shearrer’s pickup truck is what led to the murder warrant being issued.
The body of Galeas -- who authorities believe fled the murder scene on foot -- was spotted by a DPS helicopter team, which was part of a search party that convened three hours before. Soward said police officers from Pleasanton and Jourdanton, along with a Texas Ranger, agents from U.S. Customs and Border protection, six civilian volunteers, and 30 deputies from the Atascosa County Sheriff’s Office also were part of the search.
According to the Pleasanton Express, Shearrer was laid to rest Oct. 13. He leaves behind two sons and a wife of 35 years.
“Tommy was very well- known, very well-respected,” said Soward, who knew Shearrer for many years. “He was a very community-oriented individual.”
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