Family of man shot by ex-wife shocked by abuse allegation

Anthony “Tony” Shearer was a hard-working man who loved his nieces and nephews and wanted to make everyone laugh, according to his family.

Shearer, 45, was shot at his Ellis Way home allegedly by his ex-wife, Dawn, who called 911 and confessed she shot him in the head.

Tony Shearer was found in the living room of the residence. He had suffered on gunshot wound to the head, according to police and the Butler County Coroner’s Office.

Defense attorney Jason Phillabaum said Dawn shot in self-defense after a long history of domestic abuse.

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Tanya Shearer, Tony’s sister-in-law, said she never heard or saw any type of abuse.

“I am so shocked at this,” Tanya Shearer said. “Tony was a great guy, very loving and kid-friendly. My children loved heir uncle Tony.”

Tony Shearer was one of four brothers who live in the region. He worked at McSwain Carpets and Floors, just like his brothers.

On Thursday, 27 members of Tony Shearer’s family were in court for Dawn Shearer’s preliminary hearing, many wearing T-shirts with Tony’s picture on it.

Tanya Shearer said she and Tony’s br0ther, Kevin, lived with the couple while they were building a house and nothing seemed to be wrong.

“A far as I know everything was hunky dory,” she said, but added Tony and Dawn had an on-again, off-again relationship.

Tanya Shearer said the Ellis Way house belonged to Tony and that the couple was divorced.

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Tony Shearer was especially close to is 19-year-old niece, Megan, according to Tanya Shearer.

“He was her guardian angel. She is just heart-broken,” Tanya Shearer said.

Dawn Shearer is charged with murder and her case will now be considered by a Butler County grand jury. She remains behind bars.

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