Texas police kill fugitive after family of 5 is killed

A convicted killer who had been on the run since escaping from a prison bus last month after stabbing its driver was shot dead by law enforcement officers late Thursday after killing a family of five and stealing their truck from a rural weekend cab, a spokesman said. of the Texas prison system.
Gonzalo Lopez, 46, was murdered at 10:30 p.m. Thursday in Jourdanton, Texas, about 55 miles south of San Antonio, said Jason Clark, spokesman for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. “Judges in Atascosa County found the stolen vehicle, knocked it out with nail strips, and fired,” Clark said in a statement. No officers were injured, he said.
Lopez was killed about 220 miles (354 kilometers) southeast of Centerville, Texas, where Clark previously said Lopez murdered a family of five from Houston in their cabin and stole their pickup truck.
Lopez was thought to be hiding near the cabin when officers received a call from a concerned individual after not hearing from an elderly relative, Clark said.
Officers went to the family’s cabin along Texas Route 7 west of Centerville at 6 p.m. Thursday and found the bodies of an adult and four minors. Identities were not released, but their white pickup truck was gone, Clark said. Lopez allegedly drove the truck out of the search area, he said. Lopez was a former member of the Mexican Mafia prison gang and had ties to South Texas, he said.
The family would have arrived at the cabin they owned on Thursday morning, Clark said. The five were allegedly murdered Thursday afternoon and have no connection to Lopez, he said.
Lopez, 46, has been the subject of an intense search since his escape from the prison bus on May 12. He was being transported in a locked section of the bus from a Gatesville prison more than 100 miles west of where he escaped to a Huntsville prison for a medical appointment when he escaped in Leon County, a rural area between Dallas. and Houston, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice has said.
Centerville is the county seat of Leon County, which has a population of approximately 16,000 and is located about 50 miles north of the prison headquarters in Huntsville.
The department has said that Lopez somehow freed himself from his hand and leg cuffs, cut through the expanded metal of the cage and crawled off the bottom. He then attacked the driver, who stopped the bus and got into an argument with Lopez, and eventually they both got out.
A second officer at the back of the bus got out and approached Lopez, who got back on the bus and started driving down the road, the department said.
The officers fired at Lopez and disabled the bus by firing at the rear tire, the department said. The bus then traveled a short distance before exiting the lane, where Lopez got out and ran into the woods.
At some point during the escape, Lopez stabbed the driver, whose wounds were not life-threatening, the department said.
Lopez was serving a life sentence for a 2006 conviction for the murder of a man along the Texas-Mexico border.

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