Gonzalo Lopez, 46, escaped on foot and is currently at large.
The escape occurred when a bus carrying him and other inmates along Highway 7 near Centerville. Lopez manages to slip his restraints and then attacked the bus driver, identified by police as correctional officer Randy Smith.
A Texas Department of Criminal Justice spokesperson said a fight broke out on the bus, during which time Lopez reportedly tried to grab the guard’s firearm. Lopez reportedly slashed the driver in the hand with a makeshift blade before the bus crashed and he made his escape.
Police are now on the hunt for the escaped inmate and have asked the public to stay away from him and to call 911 if they spot the man.
Welcome to the liveblog
Welcome to The Independent’s liveblog following the prison escape of convicted murderer Gonzalo Lopez.
Lopez reportedly stabbed a prison guard with a makeshift blade while he was being transferred on a prison bus. The bus crashed, and he fled on foot. He is still at large.
Stay with The Independent throughout the day for updates on the manhunt for Lopez.
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