HOUSTON – An international manhunt came to an end Wednesday when the man accused of fatally shooting Harris County Pct. 5 Constable Corporal Charles Galloway on Sunday was captured in Mexico, according to the U.S. Marshal’s Office.
Oscar Rosales, 51, was captured in Ciudad Acuna, which is right across the border from Del Rio, Texas. Rosales was charged with capital murder.
His “Brothers in Blue” said Corporal Galloway was performing his official duties as a peace officer in a marked patrol unit when Rosales shot him with a deadly weapon. Harris County Constable Ted Heap’s Office lists Galloway’s “End of Watch” on Jan. 23, 2022.
Here is a timeline of events surrounding his death and arrest of the suspect:
Jan. 23, 2022
According to court documents:
Midnight: Oscar Rosales picked up a white Toyota Avalon from the home he shared with his common-law wife of 17 years, Reina Azucna Pereira Marquez. He left his white Dodge Ram pickup in their driveway.
Rosales told his wife that he was going hunting or shooting with friends and took two long guns with him that he had kept in a safe. He was the only person with a key to that safe, Marquez told investigators.
Based off evidence reviewed from body camera worn by Galloway and dash cam footage from his patrol vehicle
12:30 a.m. -- Cpl. Charles Galloway, a 12-year veteran with Precinct 5, activated emergency lights and sirens and conducted a traffic stop on a white Toyota Avalon. The driver of the Avalon, now identified as Rosales, stopped in the 9100 block of Beechnut Street. As Galloway attempted to notify dispatch of the stop, footage shows Rosales exit the driver’s side of the Avalon, wearing a dark-colored top and light-colored bottoms, and immediately pointed a rifle in Galloway’s direction. Rosales opened fire. Bullets shattered the windshield of the patrol vehicle and Galloway was struck multiple times.
Rosales fled the scene.
12:50 a.m. -- Houston police and paramedics from the Houston Fire Department responded to the scene and found Galloway inside his vehicle. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Medical examiner later confirmed Galloway died from a gunshot wound to the left side of his face.
2:12 a.m. -- The Harris County Precinct 5 Constable’s Office announced on Twitter that a Pct.5 deputy has been shot to death during a traffic stop the morning Sunday morning in southwest Houston.
A Precinct 5 deputy has been shot and killed during an apparent traffic stop this morning in Southwest Houston. Precinct 5 deputies are on the scene and HPD will be handling the investigation. Prayers for the deputy's family and his brothers and sisters in blue. #hounews pic.twitter.com/MxvdlSXKJH— Harris County Pct 5 (@HCpct5) January 23, 2022
Further investigation (exact time unknown): According to court documents, detectives conducted a search through the Texas DMV database of license plate of Toyota Avalon seen on video. Records show it was registered to Reina Azucna Pereira Marquez.
Documents further state detectives drove to the location listed for the woman and made contact with her. She advised them that she was the owner of the Toyota Avalon and confirmed that Rosales was driving it during the time of question. She also positively identified a picture detectives showed her of the Avalon used in the crime as her vehicle.
3:38 p.m. -- Detectives learned that the vehicle used in the shooting was parked at an apartment complex in the 4000 block of S. Texas Highway 6. The apartment where the vehicle was parked was leased to Henri Mauricio Pereira Marquez, 42, the brother of Reina, according to documents.
Investigators said they saw the brother wiping down the door handles of the white Toyota Avalon inside the Falls of West Oak apartment complex, located at 4034 S. Texas 6, according to court documents. They also saw the brother and sister removing items from the white Toyota Avalon and were arrested at the scene and charged with tampering with evidence.
They were both taken into custody.
January 24, 2022
2:54 p.m. -- The shooting suspect was identified as 51-year-old Oscar Rosales and a photo was released of him on social media. A $60,000 reward, which included donations from the 100 Club’s Fallen Heroes fund and Houston businessman Tilman Fertitta, was also offered for information that would lead to Rosales arrest.
Suspect identified in murder of Precinct 5 Corporal Charles Galloway. $60k reward offered for information leading to the arrest of 51-year-old Oscar Rosales (pictured), who is armed and dangerous. Call Crime Stoppers of Houston at 713-222-TIPS if you know of his whereabouts. pic.twitter.com/ZfkfG7c5gs— Harris County Pct 5 (@HCpct5) January 24, 2022
3:30 p.m. -- The Houston Police Department announced the arrest of Henri Mauricio Pereira Marquez and Reina Azucena Pereira Marquez. Both were charged with felony tampering with evidence in the murder of Corporal Galloway.
Henri Mauricio Pereira Marquez, 42, and Reina Azucena Pereira Marquez, 40, are charged with felony tampering with evidence in the murder of @HCpct5 Corporal Galloway.#HouNews pic.twitter.com/7eXpJsJuK1— Houston Police (@houstonpolice) January 24, 2022
A news conference was held about the shooting.
Constable Ted Heap said Galloway “was very much loved” by the men and women he served with.
“Mr. Rosales, you can run, but you cannot hide,” Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg said.
Houston Police Chief Troy Finner described Rosales as a “bold and dangerous fugitive.” He said he received evidence that he “often changes his appearance.”
“We have video evidence of him shooting the constable,” Finner said. “We are working with every single law enforcement agency -- federal, state, local -- even airports, bus stations and our borders in Texas. We need the eyes and ears of our citizens to help us bring this suspect into custody.”
The manhunt continued.
January 26, 2022
Rosales was captured in Mexico, according to the U.S. Marshal’s Office. He was found in Ciudad Acuna, which is right across the border from Del Rio, Texas.
The arrest was made through a joint effort of Mexican authorities and the Gulf Coast Violent Offenders Task Force. His identity was confirmed through fingerprints, authorities said.
Val Verde County Sheriff Joe Frank Martinez said after Rosales was captured, he was transported to the Val Verde County Sheriff’s Office a little after 12 p.m., where he was processed.
Shortly before 4 p.m., investigators from the Harris County Sheriff’s Office arrived and began to transport Rosales back to Houston.
When Rosales arrived in Houston, he was immediately booked into the Harris County jail.
Great news. Thank you to HPD and all the law enforcement agencies who worked around the clock to get Oscar Rosales in custody. All of us at Precinct 5 are relieved to know that he will be brought to justice. https://t.co/glEMkGRhTO— Harris County Pct 5 (@HCpct5) January 26, 2022
Funeral arrangements released for Pct. 5 Cpl. Charles Galloway
12:24 p.m. -- Pct. 5 Constable Ted Heap released details of Galloway’s funeral on Wednesday.