A convicted murderer has managed to escape police custody in Leon County, Texas, and is now on the run after allegedly stabbing a guard while being brought in for a medical examination.
A school in nearby Centerville was closed for a day on Friday over fears the fugitive could hide in the city. Residents are advised to lock their doors and vehicles.
Gonzalo Lopez, 46, escaped on foot and is currently at large.
The escape happened when a bus was carrying him and other inmates along Highway 7 near Centerville. Lopez manages to let go of his shackles and then assaulted the bus driver, identified by police as correctional officer Randy Smith.
A Texas Department of Criminal Justice spokesman said a fight broke out on the bus, with Lopez allegedly trying to grab the guard’s firearm. Lopez allegedly cut the driver’s hand with a makeshift knife before the bus crashed and he escaped.
Police are now on the hunt for the escaped convict and have asked the public to stay away from him and call 911 if they see the man.
Schools closed due to fugitive fears
Schools in Centerville were closed Friday as a precaution after the jailbreak of convicted murderer Gonzalo Lopez.
After Lopez escaped on Thursday, classes were cut short and the students were sent home. On Friday, schools remained closed and residents had to lock their doors and their vehicles.
Residents who can see Lopez are warned by police not to approach him and call 911 and report his location
Graig GraziosicMay 13, 2022 17:21
Prison guard fired at Lopez as he ran from prison bus
Jimmy Brinegar, the second correctional officer on the prison bus with Gonzalo Lopez, shot the inmate multiple times as he escaped.
Lopez, a convicted murderer, released his handcuffs and stabbed the bus driver with a knife. The bus crashed and Lopez fled, prompting Mr. Brinegar to shoot at him.
It’s unclear if Mr Brinegar hit Lopez.
Graig GraziosicMay 13, 2022 16:50
How did Lopez manage to escape?
Gonzalo Lopez, a convicted murderer in Texas, managed to escape from prison, but not without violence and crashing a bus.
The inmate is now on the run, prompting a manhunt by multiple agencies in Texas and beyond its borders.
Read Rachel Sharp’s story below to learn more about Lopez’s escape:
Graig GraziosicMay 13, 2022 16:19
Lopez was serving a life sentence at the time of his escape
Gonzalo Lopez, the convicted murderer who escaped prison Friday, was serving a life sentence for killing a man in Hidalgo County and for the attempted murder of another man in Webb County.
Lopez worked for the La Mana drug cartel – based in Tamaulipas, Mexico – in 2015. At the time, he murdered Lupe Ramirez on a $40,000 drug debt.
As is common with many of the Mexican drug cartels, the execution was brutal, with Lopez reportedly tying up the man and dumping him in a shallow grave before killing him with a pickaxe.
Graig GraziosicMay 13, 2022 16:07
Welcome to the live blog
Welcome to The Independent’s live blog following the jailbreak of convicted murderer Gonzalo Lopez.
Lopez allegedly stabbed a prison guard with a makeshift knife while he was being transferred onto a prison bus. The bus crashed and he fled on foot. He is still at large.
Stay with the independent throughout the day for updates on the Lopez manhunt.
Graig GraziosicMay 13, 2022 16:04