Texas authorities are offering a $22.5,000 reward to help find escaped killer Gonzalo Lopez

Texas authorities are offering a .5,000 reward to help find escaped killer Gonzalo Lopez

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The Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) wrote Friday that a $22,500 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of escaped inmate Gonzalo Lopez.

A manhunt is ongoing for Lopez, 46, who was convicted of murder and escaped from a prison bus after stabbing a correctional officer during a transfer Thursday.

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In a Facebook post on Saturday, the Leon County Sheriff’s Office said that while they have no reason to believe he left the area, “there is currently no evidence to support that.”

“Inmate Gonzalo Lopez is still not captured. We have no reason to believe he left the area, there Hwy 7 between Robbins [and] Centerville is still closed, please avoid the area as much as possible. We have several [agencies] work together to bring Lopez back into custody,” the bureau wrote.

People residing in the search area are instructed to keep all doors on homes, buildings and vehicles locked.

According to Fox 26, Lopez – one of 16 detainees on the bus – was able to untie his hands before stabbing the bus driver in the hand with an unknown object.

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The station said the officer fought with Lopez to keep him from getting his gun and another officer shot him — but it remains unknown if Lopez was hit. The bus crashed into a ditch and the other occupants were not injured.

Gonzalo Lopez escaped from the prison bus after stabbing a correctional officer during the transfer.

Gonzalo Lopez escaped from the prison bus after stabbing a correctional officer during the transfer.
(Texas Department of Criminal Justice)

Lopez was wearing a white prison uniform when he escaped, according to the sheriff’s office.

TDCJ chief of staff Jason Clark told the Associated Press the bus driver sustained non-life-threatening injuries.

Fox 26 said Lopez was last seen walking across a cow pasture west of Centerville.

Lopez was serving a life sentence for manslaughter and attempted manslaughter. He was convicted of murder on the Texas-Mexico border in 2006.

Prison records show Lopez was last held in a Gatesville detention center.

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Anyone who sees anything suspicious should call the Sheriff’s Office at (903) 536-2749, contact TDCJ OIG CRIME STOPPERS at 1-800-832-8477 or 936-437-5171, or call 911.

Authorities say not to contact Lopez.

Fox News’ Stephanie Pagones, Emmett Jones and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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