The convicted killer in Texas escaped on Thursday after he attacked an officer driving a prison bus and fled after the car went off the road, officials said.
The Texas Department of Criminal Justice says 46-year-old Gonzalo Lopez is wanted after he escaped from a car that crashed in a rural area of Leon County early Thursday afternoon.
Lopez managed to break free from entering the driver’s area, where he hit the driver’s hand with an object, said agency spokesman Robert Hirst.
He said that the officer’s injuries were not life-threatening.
“During the fight, the bus went off the road,” Hirst said. “When it came out of the walkway, just then the prisoner came out of the door and started running across the pasture.”
The bus crashed on Highway 7 in Texas, about a mile and a half from Centerville, Hurst said.
During the fight, Lopez was able to get the driver’s gun for a short time, but he did not fire from the weapon, which was recovered, said Hurst.
He said that there were other prisoners on the bus, but they remained in their prisons, և no one escaped, he said.
There were two officers on the bus, one driving and one in the back. There were no injuries other than the officer who was stabbed in the arm, Hurst said.
Lopez escaped in the middle of the road between Houston and Dallas in the Ranch Ranch area.
Lopez is serving a life sentence for murder and attempted murder, officials said. He was convicted of murder in 2006 last year, according to agency records.
Officials do not know how Lopez was able to break through his barricades or find himself in a cage-like area where the driver was, Hirst said.
Anyone who sees him is asked to call 911, urging him not to approach him or trying to arrest him, officials said. Farmers in the area have been told to report any suspects. Lopez was last seen on foot in a white prison uniform, Hurst said.
Lopez was being held at Gatesville Prison while the bus was leaving for Huntsville, Hurst said. Lopez was being transferred because he had received a medical appointment, he said.
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