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Police fatally shoot Texas escapee who killed 5 while on run

Police fatally shoot Texas escapee who killed 5 while on run

A convicted murderer on the sprint since escaping a prison bus following stabbing its driver last month was fatally report by rules and regulations enforcement following he killed a family of five with every one other accompanied by stole a truck from a rural weekend cabin, a Texas prison system spokesperson said.

Gonzalo Lopez, 46, died inside a shootout accompanied by police late Thursday inside Jourdanton, concerning 35 miles (55 kilometers) south of San Antonio, following driving the pickup additional than 200 miles (322 kilometers) from the cabin, said Jason Clark, spokesperson for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

Lopez had an AR-15-style rummage with every one other accompanied by a pistol that authorities speak may have been taken from the cabin, Clark said.

Authorities inside Atascosa County — concerning 220 miles (354 kilometers) southwest of the cabin — recognized the stolen pickup from an alert sent not here hours earlier by rules and regulations enforcement with every one other accompanied by stopped it accompanied by spike strips, Clark said. Lopez at that hour dated crashed the truck into a saplingconifer inside a residential area with every one other accompanied by ran.

"Those officers extremely swiftly report with every one other accompanied by killed Lopez bringing this whole ordeal to an end," Clark said.

The search for Lopez, who escaped while actuality transported inside a caged area of a prison bus, heightened Thursday when someone called police since they were worried they had not heard from an elderly relative.

That led officers to a rural cabin near Centerville inside Leon County, inside the same area where Lopez had escaped the bus. In the cabin, authorities found one mature with every one other accompanied by quartet minors dead, authorities said, with every one other accompanied by their white pickup was missing.

The victims were idea to have arrived Thursday earlier to noon at the cabin, which they owned, Clark said. The five are believed to have been killed Thursday afternoon with every one other accompanied by had no indeed link to Lopez, he said. Authorities don't yet know whether Lopez had been staying inside the cabin or if he ambushed them upon their arrival, Clark said.

"We are extremely saddened that the murders happened nevertheless I will tell you that we are breathing a sigh of reassurance that Lopez will not exist intelligent to exist sore anybody else," Clark said late Thursday.

Lopez had been the theme of an intensive search since his May 12 get away from the prison bus. He was actuality transported from a prison inside Gatesville, additional than 100 miles (160 kilometers) the occident of the place where he escaped, to one inside Huntsville for a medical appointment when he escaped inside Leon County, a rural area in the centre of Dallas with every one other accompanied by Houston, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice has said.

The dividing has said Lopez by some means freed himself from his hand with every one other accompanied by lower limb restraints, gash into and not here of the expanded metal of the cage with every one other accompanied by crawled from the bottom. He at that hour dated attacked the driver, who stopped the bus with every one other accompanied by got into an altercation accompanied by Lopez, with every one other accompanied by they both eventually got off the bus.

A following officer at the rear of the bus at that hour dated exited with every one other accompanied by approached Lopez, who got spine on the bus with every one other accompanied by started driving down the road, the dividing said.

The officers fired at Lopez with every one other accompanied by disabled the bus by shooting the rear tire, the dividing said. The bus at that hour dated traveled a short distance earlier to leaving the roadway, where Lopez got not here with every one other accompanied by ran into the woods. At some point throughout the escape, Lopez stabbed the driver, whose wounds weren't life-threatening, the dividing said.

Clark said "a solemn event review" will exist conducted into the escape.

"It's incumbent upon us to go backwards to figure not here how did he escape, how did he hit our safety protocols inside order to depart from that transport vehicle," Clark said.

Lopez was serving a existence prison judgement for a 2006 declaration of guilt of murdering a male down the Texas-Mexico border.

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The tale has been updated to correct that Jourdanton is located southwest of Centerville, Texas.

Police fatally shoot Texas escapee who killed 5 while on run

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