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Texas authorities offer $22.5K reward to discover escaped killer Gonzalo Lopez


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The Texas Division of Prison Justice (TDCJ) wrote Friday that a $22,500 reward is currently being offered for data top to the capture of escaped inmate Gonzalo Lopez. 

A manhunt is presently underway for Lopez, 46, who was convicted of murder and escaped from a jail bus just after stabbing a correctional officer throughout a Thursday transportation.

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In a Saturday Facebook post, the Leon County Sheriff’s Business reported that though they have no motive to imagine he had left the space,” there is no evidence to aid that, at this time.”

“Inmate Gonzalo Lopez is even now not captured. We have no purpose to believe that he has remaining the place, there Hwy 7 among Robbins [and] Centerville is nevertheless shut down, you should keep away from the region as much as you can. We have multiple [agencies] working collectively to get Lopez back in custody,” the office wrote. 

Folks who stay in the search area are instructed to hold all doorways locked on residences, structures and vehicles. 

Lopez – who was one particular of 16 prisoners on the bus – was reportedly ready to take out his constraints just before using an mysterious object to stab the bus driver in the hand, in accordance to WHD 26. 

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The station mentioned the officer struggled with Lopez to maintain him from obtaining his gun and that another officer fired shots at him – but it stays mysterious is Lopez was hit. The bus crashed into a ditch and the other inmates had been not hurt. 

Gonzalo Lopez escaped from the prison bus after stabbing a correction officer during transportation.

Gonzalo Lopez escaped from the prison bus soon after stabbing a correction officer throughout transportation.
(Texas Department of Prison Justice)

Lopez was donning a white jail-issued uniform when he escaped, in accordance to the sheriff’s workplace.

Jason Clark, main of staff members for the TDCJ, instructed the that the bus driver sustained non-lifetime-threatening injuries,  

WHD 26 mentioned Lopez was last noticed heading across a cow pasture west of Centerville.

Lopez was serving a daily life sentence for funds murder and tried cash murder. He was convicted in 2006 of killing a male along the Texas-Mexico border.

Prison documents show Lopez was most recently becoming held at a lockup in Gatesville.

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People who see a little something suspicious need to call the sheriff’s business office at (903) 536-2749, speak to TDCJ OIG Criminal offense STOPPERS at 1-800-832-8477 or 936-437-5171 or phone 911. 

Authorities say to not technique Lopez.

WHD News’ Stephanie Pagones, Emmett Jones and The contributed to this report.

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