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Family devastated after Texas escapee kills man, grandsons

Texas Inmate Escape
Posted at 7:12 AM, Jun 04, 2022
and last updated 2022-06-04 07:12:21-04

HOUSTON (AP) — Residents of the small Texas town of Centerville remained vigilant for three weeks while authorities searched for a murderer who escaped a prison bus and stabbed and wounded the driver last month near their rural community.

The search for 46-year-old Gonzalo Lopez ended late Thursday night when he was killed in a shootout with officers about 220 miles away in Atascosa County, south of San Antonio. But just hours earlier, authorities discovered that Lopez had killed a man and his four grandsons at their ranch near Centerville.

Family members and residents of the small community say they are devastated by the killings. Lopez had a long violent history that included killing for Mexican drug cartels.