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UPDATE: June 2, 2022, 11:30 p.m.

Law enforcement in Atascosa County located the stolen vehicle, disabled it with spike strips, and gunfire ensued. At approximately 22:30, the TDCJ received information that Lopez had been shot by law enforcement in Jourdanton, Texas, south of San Antonio. Lopez has been confirmed deceased and no law enforcement officers were reported to be harmed during the exchange.

Correction: The TDCJ received updated information regarding the victims. The victims included one adult and four minors. Law enforcement remains on scene and continues to process incident information.


UPDATE: June 2, 2022, 8:45 p.m.

While investigating leads inside the search perimeter, law enforcement agencies received a call from an individual who had become concerned after not hearing from an elderly relative. Law enforcement officers responded to the residence and discovered the bodies of two adults and three children. A 1999 white Chevrolet Silverado, license plate DPV4520, was missing from the residence. It is believed that escaped inmate, Gonzalo Lopez, may be driving the vehicle and may be armed.


UPDATE: May 28, 2022, 9:30 p.m.

The U.S. Marshals Service has released new photos of Gonzalo Artemio Lopez who escaped from custody May 12.

They have also set up a mobile app and online portal for reporting tips about his whereabouts. A combined reward of up to $50,000 is being offered for information leading to Lopez’s capture. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is urged to contact TDCJ Office of Inspector General Crime Stoppers at 1-800-832-8477 or 936-437-5171 or your local law enforcement agency at 911. You can also leave a tip via the TDCJ-OIG Online Tip Form.


UPDATE: May 20, 2022, 3:30 p.m.

The search for escapee Gonzalo Lopez is entering a new, expanded phase. The Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ), the Office of Inspector General (OIG), along with numerous law enforcement agencies have concluded an exhaustive ground and air search in Leon County.

A contingent of personnel will remain in the county and will be conducting strategic searches of areas outside the original secured perimeter. The renewed focus by OIG, Texas Rangers, and U.S. Marshals is to leave no stone unturned as they follow leads and track Lopez’s whereabouts.

“Anyone who has knowledge of Lopez’s location should come forward,” said Inspector General Cris Love. “Those found to be helping or harboring him not only will face arrest and prosecution, but I believe they are putting themselves in danger. Lopez has a complete disregard for human life and will do what it takes to avoid capture. We will take this investigation wherever it leads us until Lopez is back in custody.”

Those with information on the suspect should call TDCJ OIG Crime Stoppers at 1-800-832-8477 or 936-437-5171. Lopez is approximately 6′0″ tall and 190 lbs and was last seen wearing white clothing in a wooded area off Highway 7 in Leon County. A $50,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the capture of Lopez.


UPDATE: May 18, 2022, 2:00 p.m.

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice is releasing new photos of escapee Gonzalo Lopez. The pictures were taken from surveillance footage on the morning of the escape as the inmate is being escorted to the prison bus.

On May 12, the 46-year-old was being transported from the Hughes Unit in Gatesville to the Estelle Unit in Huntsville for a medical appointment. Due to his criminal history and restrictive housing status, inmate Lopez was being transported in a separate, caged area of the bus, designated for high-risk inmates. During the transport, inmate Lopez defeated his restraints, cut through the expanded metal, crawled out through the bottom of the cage, and attacked the driver. The officer stopped the bus and engaged in an altercation with inmate Lopez, both eventually exiting the bus. The second officer at the rear of the bus exited the rear door and approached inmate Lopez, who then reentered the bus and began driving down the road. The officers fired shots at the inmate and disabled the bus by shooting the rear tire. The bus traveled a short distance and then left the roadway, where inmate Lopez exited and ran into the woods off Highway 7 in Leon County.

Those with information on the suspect should call TDCJ OIG Crime Stoppers at 1-800-832-8477 or 936-437-5171. Lopez is approximately 6′ 0″ tall and 190 lbs. and was last seen wearing white clothing in a wooded area off Highway 7 in Leon County. A $50,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the capture of Lopez.


UPDATE: May 14, 2022, 6:00 p.m.

The reward for information leading to the capture of escapee Gonzalo Lopez has been raised to $50,000*. On May 12, the 46-year-old inmate who was serving a life sentence for capital murder and attempted capital murder assaulted a correctional officer on a transport bus and then fled from the vehicle. TDCJ, Office of Inspector General, DPS, and multiple law enforcement agencies are continuing the search for Lopez.

“We will not rest until Lopez is caught,” said Executive Director Bryan Collier.“ I want to personally thank all of the agencies who are assisting in this massive search and those agencies that are contributing to the reward. Should you have information on his whereabouts, please contact the Crime Stoppers tip line.”

Those with information on the suspect should call TDCJ OIG Crime Stoppers at 1-800-832-8477 or 936-437-5171. Lopez is approximately 6′0″ tall and 190 lbs. and was last seen wearing white clothing in a wooded area off Highway 7 in Leon County.

*Texas Department of Public Safety offering a $35,000 reward, U.S. Marshals offering a $10,000 reward, and the TDCJ OIG offering a $5,000 reward.

TxDPS Texas 10 Most Wanted Fugitives Bulletin Details


UPDATE: May 13, 2022, 8:00 p.m.

A $22,500* reward is being offered for information leading to the capture of escapee Gonzalo Lopez. Do not approach Lopez - please contact TDCJ OIG Crime Stoppers at 1-800-832-8477 or 936-437-5171 or your local law enforcement agency at 911. You can also leave a tip via the TDCJ-OIG Online Tip Form.

* U.S. Marshals offering a $10,000 reward, Texas Department of Public Safety offering a $7,500 reward, and the TDCJ offering a $5,000 reward.

TxDPS Texas 10 Most Wanted Fugitives Bulletin Details


POSTED: May 12, 2022

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) is searching for an escaped inmate in Leon County. 46-year-old Gonzalo Lopez assaulted a correctional officer on a transport bus and then fled from the vehicle. TDCJ, OIG, and multiple law enforcement agencies are searching for the inmate near Highway 7 westbound in Leon County approximately 1.5 miles from Interstate 45. Lopez is serving a life sentence for capital murder out of Hidalgo County and attempted capital murder out of Webb County. If you spot Lopez, immediately contact 911 and do not approach him.

For media inquiries please contact Robert Hurst at 936-577-4934

A staging area is located at the Dairy Queen westbound on Highway 7.

   

Main Tip Line: (936) 437-5105

TDCJ-OIG Crime Stoppers: (800) 832-8477

TDCJ-OIG Online Tip Form

For more information, visit the OIG Fugitive Watch site.