Homicide investigation underway in Burnet County
November 11, 2013, 9:30 am by Alexandria Randolph
A death that occurred in Burnet County Sunday morning is currently under investigation as a homicide, officials said.
Burnet Police Chief Paul Nelson confirmed Sunday night that a homicide investigation was taking place, and that authorities had been notified about the death earlier that day.
"This is a county case. Burnet Police will be assisting with the case.” Nelson said. "It took place in the county right outside city limits.”A press release issued by Burnet County Sheriff W.T. Smith Monday morning said that investigators responded to an address in the 2800 block of TX 29 after family members of the deceased discovered Farest Elmo Reed, 85, dead in his home. The release stated that Reed had "obvious trauma to his head area."
Investigators learned that Reed's pickup truck, a 1998 Ford F-150, was missing. Officers immediately sent a statewide alert for the missing vehicle, the release said. At 7:48 p.m. on Sunday, the vehicle was observed near the scene and when officers attempted to stop the vehicle, it sped away westbound on TX 29 into Llano County.
The release said the truck crashed into a pasture and Matthew William Reed, 23, of Burnet, was taken into custody by Texas DPS Troopers, where he allegedly confessed to shooting his grandfather after an argument. He was treated at Seton Highland Lakes for minor injuries sustained during the crash.
Reed was arrested on charges of murder, a first degree felony, evading arrest in a motor vehicle, a third degree felony, and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, a state jail felony. He was booked in Burnet County Jail.
Judge Calvin Boyd ordered an autopsy of Farest Reed be done by the Travis County Medical Examiner's Office.
The Burnet County Special Operations Unit, Heart of Texas Auto Theft Task Force, Burnet Police Department, Texas Rangers, Department of Public Safety Crime Lab, Burnet County Constable Pct. 1, Llano County Sheriffs Office, Texas DPS and District Attorney Sonny McAfee all assisted in the investigation.
Smith praised "the efforts of all officers from the various agencies in helping bring a swift conclusion to this tragic event."
For more on this story, see Tuesday's Highlander.
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