Convicted killer on the run in Texas after stabbing guard and escaping while being transferred to prison

A convicted murderer is on the run in Leon County, Texas, after he allegedly stabbed a prison guard while being taken to a medical appointment and escaped on foot.

Gonzalo Lopez, a 46-year-old killer with ties to Mexican drug cartels, staged the dramatic jailbreak Thursday afternoon as he was transported between Gatesville and Huntsville, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) said in a warning to the police. Police. public.

The bus was transporting inmates along Highway 7 near Centerville when officials said Lopez managed to break free and attack correctional officer Randy Smith who was driving the transport bus.

TDCJ spokesman Robert Hurst said in a news conference that “physical mutilation” broke out between the two men as the officer struggled to stop Lopez from taking his service revolver from him.

The detainee allegedly stabbed the officer in the hand with an improvised weapon.

†[Lopez] stabbed Officer Smith in the left hand with some object. We don’t know what it is. That is still being investigated’, says Hurst.

The officer managed to prevent the inmate from grabbing his firearm and crashing the bus, whereupon Lopez jumped out of the vehicle and ran.

Officer Jimmy Brinegar, the second officer aboard the bus, opened fire on Lopez as he fled, but the inmate managed to escape and was last seen running across a cow pasture.

It is not clear whether Lopez was hit by any of the bullets.

No other inmate escaped, and they were still in chains at the end of the ordeal, officials said.

A massive manhunt is now underway to get hold of the 46-year-old, with local schools closed for a day on Friday and urging local residents to take shelter on the spot and not approach the prisoner if they see him .

Centerville ISD school district said all of its classes were canceled “due to the ongoing situation.”

Schools had been locked in the immediate aftermath of Thursday’s escape before students could leave later that day.

The manhunt appears to be targeting a perimeter in the Centerville, Marquez and Buffalo areas, where investigators believe the inmate might be hiding and members of the public have been told to stay away from the area.

The Leon County Sheriff’s Office said in a social media update Friday morning that people living in the area between CR 317 and CR 320 should close their doors and vehicles.

“If you see something or someone you don’t recognize or seem suspicious, call 1-1-2, don’t approach the subject,” the office said.

Multiple agencies work together to track down and arrest the escaped person.

Lopez is currently serving a life sentence after being convicted of murder in Hidalgo County and attempted murder in Webb County.

In 2005, Lopez, who worked for the La Mana drug cartel of Tamaulipas, Mexico, murdered Lupe Ramirez on a $40,000 drug debt.

The killer tied up his victim, tied him up and placed him in a shallow grave before attacking him with a pickaxe.

The jailbreak comes just days after a nationwide manhunt for another inmate and his corrections officer lover came to an end in Indiana on Monday.

Alabama corrections officer Vicky White and prime murder suspect Casey White fled together from the Lauderdale County Jail in Florence on April 29.

After 10 days on the run, White was captured while Mrs. White – who is not related to him – died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

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