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Authorities mentioned the reward for the arrest of a Texas prisoner serving life for homicide who managed to break away, subdued a bus driver and escaped custody was elevated to $50,000.
Gonzalo Lopez, 46, was on the run from Gatesville to Huntsville for a medical appointment Thursday when he was on the run in Leon County, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice mentioned.
Texas Department of Criminal Justice by way of The Associated Press – PHOTO: This undated picture offered by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice exhibits Gonzalo Lopez.
The Texas Department of Criminal Justice spokesman Robert Hurst instructed reporters that there have been two officers on the bus: one within the entrance and one within the again, armed with shotguns.
Hearst mentioned Lopez “went out of the way in some way and into the cab of the bus.”
Lopez lower the underside of a door that separates the inmates from the driving force, Hurst mentioned.
“He used some kind of device, we don’t know what kind of device, that cut through the bottom of the door,” he mentioned.
Lopez “was able to overwhelm the driver. There was a fight … the bus veered off the road,” Hurst mentioned.
Lopez allegedly tried to seize the driving force’s service weapon however was unable to take away it from its holster, he mentioned.
During their struggle, the officer driving the bus was stabbed within the hand and within the chest with non-life threatening accidents, Hurst mentioned.
He mentioned officers on the again of the bus fired two photographs into the rear wheel of the bus. Before the crash, Lopez was in a position to drive the bus for a couple of mile with a flat tire, Hurst mentioned. Lopez then jumped off the bus and fled, Hurst added.
Other prisoners have been nonetheless on board, he mentioned.
The Texas Department of Criminal Justice mentioned Lopez was serving a life sentence for homicide in Hidalgo County and tried homicide in Weber County. The homicide occurred on a spike, Hurst mentioned.
“We don’t know if he acquired any type of weapon,” Hurst mentioned. “The last time we saw him he didn’t appear to be armed, but who knows what he might have gotten.”
Hirst praised the 2 officers, saying they “behaved very heroically… the officer who shot at the back of the bus is a smart idea.”
Schools within the Centerville School District have been closed Friday because the search continued.
Leon County is about 130 miles south of Dallas. The Leon County Sheriff’s Office urged native residents to lock down their properties and automobiles. Anyone who sees Lopez ought to name 911 and keep away from him.
The Texas Department of Criminal Justice mentioned an preliminary $15,000 reward was supplied for info main to his arrest. The award elevated to $22,500 on Friday evening earlier than greater than doubling to $50,000, the division introduced Saturday evening.
The Texas Department of Public Safety additionally positioned Lopez on the state’s 10 most wished fugitives listing on Friday, noting his ties to the Rio Grande Valley and San Antonio and alleged ties to Mexican thugs.
Officials hope rising temperatures within the space this weekend will assist them discover Lopez.