Gonzalo López news – latest: Convicted murderer stabs guard, escapes from prison bus in Texas



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A convicted murderer managed to escape police custody in Leon County, Texas and is now on the run after allegedly stabbing a guard while being taken for a medical exam.

Gonzalo López, 46, escaped on foot and is currently a fugitive.

The escape occurred when a bus carrying him and other inmates was on Highway 7 near Centerville. Lopez manages to break free of his restraints and then attacks the bus driver, identified by police as Correctional Officer Randy Smith.

A spokesperson for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice said a fight broke out on the bus, during which Lopez reportedly tried to grab the guard’s firearm. Lopez reportedly cut the driver on the hand with a makeshift blade before the bus crashed and he escaped.

Police are now on the hunt for the escaped inmate and have asked the public to stay away from him and to call 911 if they see the man.

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Prison guard shot López as he fled the prison bus

Jimmy Brinegar, the second prison officer on the prison bus transporting Gonzalo López, shot the inmate several times as he escaped.

Lopez, a convicted murderer, broke free of his restraints and stabbed the bus driver with a knife. The bus crashed and López fled, prompting Brinegar to shoot him.

It is not clear if Brinegar hit López.

Graig Graziosi13 May 2022 16:50

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How did López manage to escape?

Gonzalo López, 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 multi-agency manhunt throughout Texas and beyond its borders.

For more on Lopez’s escape, read Rachel Sharp’s story below:

Graig Graziosi13 May 2022 16:19

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López was serving a life sentence at the time of his escape.

Gonzalo Lopez, the convicted murderer who escaped from 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.

López worked for the La Mana drug cartel, based in Tamaulipas, Mexico, in 2015. During that time, he killed Lupe Ramírez over a $40,000 drug debt.

As is common in many of the Mexican drug cartels, the execution was brutal. Lopez reportedly tied the man up and threw him into a shallow grave before murdering him with a pickaxe.

Graig Graziosi13 May 2022 16:07

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welcome to live blog

welcome to the independents liveblog following the prison escape of convicted murderer Gonzalo López.

López reportedly stabbed a prison guard with a makeshift knife as he was being transferred on 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 pursuit of Lopez.

Graig Graziosi13 May 2022 16:04

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