Fugitive prisoner killed in gunfight with police – reportedly after 4 murders

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A prisoner who escaped from a Texas jail was shot dead by police on Thursday night. Sadly, the police caught up with him too late. The man is believed to have killed a family of five in a horrific house attack just hours ago.

We have reported the case Gonzalo Lopez, A 46-year-old man who escaped from custody last month after being assaulted by guards on a transport bus in rural East Texas. Lopez, who authorities say was involved with the Mexican mafia, is serving a life sentence for one count of murder and another for attempted murder. He and other detainees were being taken to a medical appointment when he lost his temper, pushed a prison bus driver and fled back to the town of Centerville on May 12.

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Within weeks, with the authorities Texas Department of Criminal Justice Searching frantically but was unable to locate her so far. Lopez was added to Texas’ 10 Most Wanted Fugitives list and was awarded a 50,000 reward for information leading to his capture. Jason ClarkThe TDCJ’s chief of staff stressed at a news conference that law enforcement “will not rest” until he is returned to custody.

The situation escalated on Thursday night – and sadly, innocent lives were lost as a result.

It started at 6:00 pm local time at a residence in Leon County, Texas – not far from where Lopez first fled. Authorities were called to a home for a welfare check because a family member had not heard from an elderly relative since morning. Once at the home, which investigators believe was a weekend vacation home for a Houston family, police discovered the brutal murder of an adult and four children.

The identities of the victims have not been made public, but according to a statement from Tumble Independent School District, the adult in question was the children’s grandfather. They told parents in a letter on Friday:

“Four Tumbleweed ISD students and their grandfather fled from us to Texas near Centerville on Thursday. It is heartbreaking to lose a student for any reason, but it is painful to lose four in such a tragic way, and our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of this dear student and grandfather. “


Immediately, police suspected that Lopez may have been involved in the tragic death. Authorities determined that the assassin stole clothing, firearms and a 1999 white Chevrolet Silverado From the dwelling, as well as, per ABC News. Leon County police issued a warning to the vehicle, in the hope that area deputies were driving it to Lopez.

Hours later, deputies from Atascosa County, south of San Antonio – about 300 miles southwest of Leon County – were driving Lopez’s stolen truck into the town of Jordanton. Per ABC NewsLay out the spike strip that flattens the tires of the police truck. Once Silverado is disabled, Lopez is accused of “pointing a rifle out of the window and firing several shots at deputies.” Police fired back, hitting and killing the man.

After investigating his body, police discovered Lopez was armed with an AR-15 and a pistol. Ataskosa County Sheriff said at a news conference Thursday night about the incident David Soward Says (below):

“We have received information from the US Marshals Service that he may be in the San Antonio area. Then we increased our alertness and of course, we found him. This dangerous man is out of the road and no officer was injured. “

More on the tragic situation here, from ABC 13 Houston (Below):

That’s great.

Thankfully the authorities have finally found the fugitive prisoner, but it is very sad that those innocent people lost their lives in this horrible situation.

[Image via ABC 13 Houston/YouTube/Texas Department of Criminal Justice]

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