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Police search continues for the murderer who stabbed a prison bus driver and escaped

Police search continues for the murderer who stabbed a prison bus driver and escaped

Authorities in Texas are looking for a man who fled from a transport bus after stabbing the driver and is serving a life term for murder.

According to authorities, Gonzalo Lopez, 46, eluded capture on Thursday after breaking free from his handcuffs and overpowering a bus driver transporting 16 inmates. 

Lopez is accused of stabbing the motorist with an unknown item in the left hand, leading the car to pull over in Centerville, Texas.

While another officer on the bus fired his service pistol at Lopez, he escaped on foot. According to officials, Lopez was not wounded by any gunfire fired.

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Officials said no more detainees fled during the event.

Officers and convicts were both assessed on the spot. Officials reported Thursday that none of the people involved had suffered life-threatening injuries.

According to the state criminal justice department, Lopez, who was convicted of capital murder in 2006, was last seen in a cow field west of Centerville.

According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, he is currently on the state’s 10 Most Wanted Fugitives list. Lopez is sought for eluding authorities and assaulting a public worker.

Because of the incident, students and employees at Centerville Independent School District were placed on a precautionary lockdown on Thursday.

Later in the afternoon, students were permitted to return home, and the school system canceled all classes on Friday.

Due to the continued search for Lopez, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice suspended visitation for multiple units on Friday.

While various agencies work on the hunt for Lopez, the Leon County Sheriff’s Office encourages people to secure their doors and automobiles. 

People should not approach him if they see him and call 911 immediately. A $15,000 reward is being offered for information leading to his arrest.