Convicted murderer Gonzalo Lopez was shot. Police believe he may be linked to the deaths of four children and an adult at a home near where he escaped
An escaped killer who police believe may have killed an adult and four children in a manhunt has been shot dead after his car was stopped.
Spike strips were used to stop the car and Gonzalo Lopez was confirmed dead by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) from the resulting gunfire.
Four children and one adult were found dead near where escaped convict Lopez was last seen, Texas police had previously reported, adding that they believe he may be linked to her death .
TDCJ said they went to the Leon County home where the five bodies were discovered after receiving a call from someone concerned for their elderly relative’s well-being.
A white Chevrolet Silverado was also found missing from the home and this stolen car was pulled over by police with Lopez inside.
A TDCJ statement said: “Law enforcement agencies in Atascosa County located the stolen vehicle, disabled it with spiked strips and gunfire broke out.
“About 10:30 p.m., TDCJ received information that Lopez had been shot by police in Jourdanton, Texas, south of San Antonio. Lopez has been confirmed deceased and it was reported that no police officers were injured during the exchange.”
Lopez, 46, a convicted murderer, escaped police custody on May 12 after stabbing a TDCJ correctional officer.
He was on his way to Huntsville with other prisoners for a doctor’s appointment when he attacked the bus driver and escaped.
After discovering the five victims in their home, a TDCJ Facebook post specified : “While investigating leads within the search area, law enforcement received a call from a person who was concerned after not hearing from an elderly relative.
“Law enforcement officers responded to the residence and discovered the bodies of two adults and three children.
“A 1999 white Chevrolet Silverado, license plate DPV4520, was missing from the apartment.
It was later said the victims were an adult and four children.
Police had released photos of Lopez, who has distinctive tattoos, while offering a $50,000 reward for information leading to his arrest.
The escaped convict was serving a life sentence for murder in Hidalgo County and attempted murder in Webb County.
“He’s smart,” said Justice Department spokesman Robert Hurst. “He did that before before he went into hiding down in South Texas in Webb County for almost nine days.”
Lopez was somehow able to free himself from his handcuffs and leg cuffs and then cut through the metal of the cage the prisoners were being transported in, police officials said during his recent escape.
He attacked the driver, who suffered stab wounds to his hand and chest, but his condition was not considered life-threatening, department chief of staff Jason Clark said.
Lopez then rode away on the bus, but a second prison officer was able to shoot at it and blow out a tire. It forced the bus off the road and the escaped killer was last seen running off into a forest.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/us-news/breaking-four-children-adult-found-27136704 Four children and one adult were found dead in a house near where the prisoner escaped