Texas Prison Bus Murderer Convicted of Escape After Murdering His Family

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After cops allege that he killed a family member, a convicted murderer escaped from a Texas prison bus and was captured by authorities. New York Post reported.

Gonzalo Lopez (46), escaped from a Texas prison transportation bus last month. He had been on the run for several weeks before he was captured by police.

Lopez was on the run since May 12, and on Thursday night, around 10:30, he was shot to death by police in Jourdanton Texas. This is just south of San Antonio according to the Texas Department of Corrections.

According to authorities, he killed five relatives members while on the run, according the New York Post. According to cops, four children were among the victims. He was 250 miles from the scene, where he engaged police in a firefight.

Police believe that he murdered the family because they received reports that they were earlier in the day. KHOU reported.

Lopez was confirmed dead, and there were no injuries to law enforcement officers during the exchange, Texas Department of Corrections stated in a Facebook statement.

Lopez was seen driving a Chevy Silverado in white, which police say he took from the crime scene. According to the New York Post, Lopez fled police after being spotted.

During the chase, he pulled out his assault rifle and started firing at police. CNN reported.

“He fired several rounds at officers and was armed with an AR-15 and a pistol,”Jason Clark from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice spoke in a press release Thursday night.

Clark indicated that authorities suspect the firearms were taken from the location where the family was killed.

According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, Lopez was convicted of attempted capital murder, capital murder, and aggravated kidnapping. For those convictions, he was currently serving two life sentences.

His escape on May 12 sparked one of the largest manhunts in the Lone Star State’s history.

According to CNN, Lopez was listed on the state’s 10 Most Wanted Fugitives List. Authorities offered $50,000 to help him be captured.

“He’s got a life sentence for a capital murder, where he killed a man with a pickaxe and he’s also gotten an attempted capital murder conviction for shooting a gun at a police officer,”Robert Hurst, spokesperson for Texas Department of Criminal Justice, said this during a news conference that took place at the time of his escape.