Convicted Murderer Who Escaped Prisoner Bus Killed in Police Shootout

A convicted murderer who escaped from a prisoner bus in Texas last month was murdered late Thursday in a firefight with cops.

Texas Department of Criminal Justice spokesperson Jason Clark confirmed Gonzalo Lopez’s death happened five hours after he was named the prime suspect in the killing of four children and an adult in a home in Leon County. 

Clark said Lopez fled home in a truck that was later disabled with a spike strip in the town of Jourdanton.

Lopez crashed the vehicle and then fired several rounds at officers that were armed with an AR-15 and a pistol. 

The firearms used by Lopez were believed to be stolen from the home in Centerville where the family was killed. 

According to a post on the Texas Department of Public Safety’s website, Lopez was convicted of capital murder, attempted capital murder, and aggravated kidnapping where he served two life sentences. 

Lopez was on the state’s 10 Most Wanted Fugitives List, and authorities were willing to pay up to $50,000 for information leading to his arrest.


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