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Convicted fugitive Gonzalo Lopez died after the shooting

Authorities said Lopez was arrested Thursday night, three weeks after his escape.

LEON COUNTY, Texas – Authorities announced Thursday night that the fugitive killer, Gonzalo Lopez, was killed in a shootout with law enforcement south of San Antonio, and that a three-week search began after Lopez escaped from a prison bus in East Texas.

The news of Lopez’s death came hours after a family of five in Houston was found dead at a weekend home in Centreville. Authorities said Lopez was the “main suspect” in the killing of an adult and five children and stole a truck to escape.

CONTACT: Gonzalo Lopez arrested | The TDCJ says the escaped prisoner is believed to have killed a family of five in the Houston area

Gonzalo running schedule

  • 12 May – Investigators say Lopez escaped from handcuffs while transporting between prisons, attacked a correctional officer and hijacked a prison bus in Leon County.
  • May 13 – The search turned into a mass search with resources coming from all over the state to Centreville
  • 18 May – New photos of Lopez before his abduction were published. They showed him in a bracelet while taking him to the prison bus.
  • May 25 – While the US marshals continued to ask for help, they released more new pictures showing Lopez’s tattoos.
  • June 2 Authorities say Lopez killed a family of five, stole a truck and went to a village near San Antonio where he was killed in a shootout.

How the search ended

TDCJ officials said the stolen white truck was seen near North Star Mall in northern San Antonio. There they began to follow him.

He was followed from San Antonio to the southern county of Atascosa. Finally, his tires were blocked. Authorities said a brief chase ensued, and Lopez’s truck crashed into a tree, leaving him with an AR-15 rifle and pistol he had stolen in Leon County.

TDCJ officials said he fired several shots at the officers, and several officers retaliated, killing him.

According to officials, the incident took place at about 22:30. No officers were shot.

Updated after his assassination:

History

Lopez is a murderer who escaped police control last month. On May 12, Lopez escaped after stabbing a correctional officer and crashing a bus carrying his prisoner, throwing handcuffs and cutting through a metal barrier before fleeing on foot.

A thorough search was conducted in the following weeks.

The search for Gonzalo Lopez came on Thursday after officials found a family of five dead in a Leon County home in the Lopez search area. TDCJ, said the family is from the Houston area.

Authorities said the victims arrived home on Thursday. They think they were killed on Thursday afternoon because they were seen early Thursday morning.

Authorities say Lopez is the “main suspect” in the killings.

TDCJ officials said authorities alerted authorities on Thursday because someone could not catch a relative. Law enforcement responded to a house described as a weekend home off Highway 7 and found two adults and three children dead.

TDCJ officials said they believe Lopez took a white Chevrolet single-cab truck from the house where the victims were found dead in 1999.

This is an update issued by TDCJ officials before the Leon County Sheriff’s Department announced his arrest.

Escape

Lopez was able to escape from the Alfred Hughes unit (outside Gatesville, Central Texas) and be stabbed in the arm and chest by a bus driver while being taken to a prison medical facility in Huntsville. He got on the bus, but did not go far after another guard removed the rear wheels of the bus with a shotgun.

CONTACT: TDCJ clarifies running details, Gonzalo Lopez’s search continues

Authorities said it was not yet clear if anyone inside had helped him escape, and it was not clear if the bus had been chased.

A TDCJ spokesman said, “From the moment the bus left Gatesville until the moment of the accident, there was no sign of anything suspicious.”

Who is Lopez?

Lopez was sentenced to life in prison in 2004 for killing a man in Hidalgo County with a stick after he shot and killed a deputy sheriff in Webb County, Texas, and paid a ransom for drug debt.

CONTACT: This is not the first time that escaped prisoner Gonzalo Lopez has successfully distanced himself from law enforcement

This is not the first time Lopez has managed to hide from law enforcement for a long time. In 2004, he escaped police harassment in South Texas and went into hiding with the help of a cartel partner, then told investigators.

Convicted fugitive Gonzalo Lopez died after the shooting

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