Texas fugitive accused of murdering household whereas on the lam killed in shootout

Texas fugitive accused of murdering household whereas on the lam killed in shootout

Victor I. Nava

June 03, 03:17 AM June 03, 03:19 AM

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A convicted assassin who escaped from custody after stabbing a jail bus driver and is suspected of slaying a household of 5 whereas on the run is lifeless after a shootout with police, authorities stated Thursday.

Gonzalo Lopez was armed with an AR-15 and several other pistols that authorities imagine he stole from a house in Centerville, Texas, after killing two adults and three youngsters on the residence. Police in Atascosa County, Texas, on Thursday noticed a automobile believed to have been stolen from the house by Lopez and gave chase, the Texas Division of Legal Justice stated. Lopez wrecked the automobile in Jourdanton, Texas, and was killed after he fired at officers, in line with authorities. The escaped convict had been on the run since Might 12.

“We’re very saddened that the murders occurred however I’ll inform you we’re respiration a sigh of aid that Lopez won’t be able to harm anybody else,” stated Texas Division of Legal Justice Chief of Workers Jason Clark at a press convention.


Authorities say the firearms Lopez used within the shootout with police had been stolen from the house of the murdered victims.

The 5 victims had been discovered lifeless on Thursday close to the world in Leon County the place Lopez, 46, escaped the jail bus, in line with native outlet KBTX.

Lopez and 15 different inmates had been heading to a medical appointment in Huntsville, Texas, on Might 12 when he broke freed from his shackles, minimize by way of a steel cage on the bus, and attacked the driving force.

The bus driver, who was stabbed a number of instances by Lopez, was capable of cease the automobile and get out with Lopez and one other guard on the bus. Lopez, nonetheless, was capable of get again on the bus a drive for a brief distance as each the driving force and guard fired on the bus’s tires. Lopez fled into the woods after the bus was disabled.

The bus driver’s wounds had been non-life-threatening and not one of the different inmates on the bus escaped, in line with authorities.

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Lopez had been serving a life sentence for capital homicide. He was convicted in 2006 after killing a person with a pickax.

Authorities haven’t launched the names of the 5 individuals Lopez is believed to have killed whereas on the lam.

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