Murder warrant issued for Manuel De Los Reyes Galeas, 19, in ex-commissioner's death

Funeral arrangements set for former Atascosa County Commissioner Tommy Shearrer, 56

By Matt Rivers

PLEASANTON, Texas - A murder warrant was obtained Wednesday night for 19-year-old Manuel De Los Reyes Galeas, the suspected shooter in the death of former Atascosa County Commissioner Tommy Shearrer, Atascosa County sheriff's deputies said.

Sheriff's investigators said Shearrer, 56, was found shot to death in his pickup truck Wednesday morning on Farm Road 3006 near Saint Augustine.

According to Louis Antu, Bexar County Sheriff's spokesman, De los Reyes Galeas is also wanted in connection with a shooting that occurred earlier Wednesday morning at his girlfriend's house in the 25000 block of Highway 281 in South Bexar County.

Antu said the couple argued, then De los Reyes Galeas allegedly pulled a weapon and fired several shots at his teenaged girlfriend. He said the young woman was not hurt.

Antu said De los Reyes De los Reyes Galeas then sped off. Antu said he quickly lost control of his vehicle overturning it on Highway 281 in Atascosa County.

However, Atascosa County Sheriff's investigators and the Texas Rangers are trying to figure out how and where De los Reyes De los Reyes Galeas then encountered Shearrer. Whatever the relationship, Atascosa officials say De los Reyes Galeas should be considered armed and dangerous.

'He was a man of strong character and conviction'

Friends and family were still grieving Thursday, after Shearrer's body was found on Wednesday.

Rather than focus on the crime, however, Shearrer's friends and family focused on the man they described as pillar in their community.

"He was a man of strong faith and strong character," said Albert Lock, Shearrer's pastor. "He was a uniquely kind man and I don't expect to meet someone quite like him ever again."

Lock told a story about Shearrer's commitment to always tipping 20 percent at restaurants.

"One time he misfigured the tip, and didn't give as much as he wanted," said Lock. "He figured it out the next day, drove back to the restaurant and made things right."

That kind of uncommon character, Lock said, is what made Shearrer the good man that he was.

The long-term county commissioner and businessman helped found Gateway Church, where Lock is now the pastor, in 1988.

On Friday, Shearrer, as the president of the Texas Weather Modification Association, appeared on ABC's Nightline to talk about cloud-seeding -- chasing storms to artificially prime the clouds to stimulate rain in drought-stricken areas.

He is survived by his wife and two sons. A viewing for Shearrer will be held Friday at Hurley Funeral Home in Pleasanton from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Shearrer's funeral is Saturday at 10 a.m. at Cowboy Fellowship Church of Atascosa County.

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