Texas law enforcement has killed a fugitive who allegedly killed five members of a family near his escape site.
The suspect, 46-year-old Gonzalo Lopez, was shot and killed in Jordantown, Texas, Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) spokesman Jason Clarke said on June 2.
Lopez, who was serving a life sentence for murder at Gatesville, Texas, escaped near the town of Centerville on May 12 while being bused to another prison. Lopez was able to remove handcuffs and a metal cage saw from a bus carrying prisoners before attacking the driver and fleeing.
On June 2, police received a call from a person expressing concern after hearing from relatives. They later found the bodies of five adults and four children in a house near the town of Centerville.
On the night of June 2, local police found Lopez driving the family car and damaged it with a nail clip. After a brief chase, the car hit a tree. Armed with an AR-15 rifle and pistol, Lopez fired several shots at police, but missed and was killed.
Clark said authorities had evidence that Lopez broke into the house and killed a family of five, but he did not provide details or say how the victims were killed. “Lopez is clearly a murderer with contempt for human life,” Mr Clark stressed.
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