Centerville escaped convict Gonzalo Lopez, who “killed the entire Texas family” before being shot after three weeks on the run

Escaped convict Gonzalo Lopez was shot dead in a shootout with police after authorities believe he was involved in the killing of a family at their vacation home.

Two adults and three children were found dead in Leon County, where Lopez was discovered, the Texas Department of Public Safety said.

Five people were found dead near an area where an escaped inmate was last seen, police said

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Five people were found dead near an area where an escaped inmate was last seen, police saidPhoto credit: TDCJ
A white Chevrolet Silverado was missing from the apartment where the bodies were located

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A white Chevrolet Silverado was missing from the apartment where the bodies were locatedPhoto credit: TDCJ
Police got into a shootout with Lopez, which resulted in the convict's death

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Police got into a shootout with Lopez, which resulted in the convict’s deathCredit: Facebook

The Texas Department of Justice said they received a call from someone who was concerned after not hearing from an elderly relative.

Officers went to the apartment building and discovered the bodies, noting that a vehicle was also missing.

A 1999 white Chevrolet Silverado with license plate DPV4520 was not at the residence.

Police believed Lopez may have been driving the vehicle and was armed.

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Lopez, 46, escaped from a prison bus May 12 heading to Huntsville for a doctor’s appointment.

Lopez somehow managed to free himself from his hand and leg cuffs, a cut through the cage’s expanded metal before crawling out of the floor, TDCJ said.

Lopez then attacked the bus driver, who stopped the bus. At some point during the altercation, the bus driver was stabbed and injured in the hand and chest, he survived his wounds.

The driver sustained stab wounds to his hand and chest, according to Jason Clark, chief of staff for the Texas Department of Justice.

An officer at the end of the bus then got off and approached Lopez. But the occupant climbed back on board and drove off.

Officers shot Lopez and managed to disable the bus by shooting a rear tire. The bus was able to cover a short distance before Lopez got off and ran into the woods.

There were 16 other prisoners on the bus, but no one else escaped.

“He’s smart,” TDCJ spokesman Robert Hurst said last month. “He did that once before, hiding down in South Texas in Webb County for almost nine days.”

A possible sigh from Lopez was investigated earlier this week, but officials determined it wasn’t him. However, the man reported by concerned citizens ran into a wooded area and was never found.

Highway 7 remains closed west of Centerville while police conduct an investigation.

A $50,000 reward is being offered for Lopez’s capture.

MOST WANTED

Lopez, whose full name is Gonzalo Artemio Lopez, is on the Texas 10 Most Wanted Fugitives List, according to NewsNation.

Lopez has a long criminal record dating back to 1996 when he was convicted of two counts of aggravated assault, the outlet reports.

He was sentenced to eight years in prison.

Then, in 2006, Lopez was convicted of capital murder and aggravated kidnapping and sentenced to life in prison.

In 2007, Lopez received a second life sentence after a conviction for attempted capital murder in another county.

He is now wanted for flight and serious bodily harm to an officer.

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Refugees on the Most Wanted list are considered armed and dangerous.

If you see Lopez, don’t approach him. Instead, call 911 immediately.

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