Escaped TDCJ inmate Gonzalo Lopez shot dead in Atacosa County after shootout

According to Leon County Sherriff’s Office, the U.S. Marshals Lone Star Fugitive Task Force has captured escaped inmate Gonzalo Lopez. He was shot dead at 10:24 p.m. on Thursday, June 2, 2022 after Lopez sped through Poteet, Texas through Highway 16 where Lopez shot at police.

Waco Division assisted the Texas Department of Criminal Justice with the fugitive investigation of a Texas prison inmate who escaped custody on May 12 while being transported by bus for high-risk inmates in a rural area near Centerville, Texas. Gonzalo Lopez is a suspect in a murder investigation that killed 5 people in Leon County, that include 3 children.

Gonzalo Artemio Lopez, 46, is described as a white or Hispanic male, approximately 6 feet tall and 185 pounds and heavily tattooed. Lopez reportedly got out of his restraints and a metal cage before stabbing an officer and stealing the transport bus. Lopez was last seen running into the woods off Highway 7. The Leon County Sheriff’s Office issued warrants May 12 for Lopez’s arrest for escape and aggravated assault against a public servant. Lopez is affiliated with the Mexican Mafia and has ties to the Rio Grande Valley and San Antonio.