UPDATE: Texas Department of Public Safety officials said Texas escaped inmate, Gonzalo Lopez, was shot and killed on Thursday night.
The man was shot to death after he ran away from authorities and was chased near San Antonio, wrote our NBC affiliate, KPRC.
On Thursday, officials found five people dead in Leon County close to where Lopez was seen for the last time in May.
LEON COUNTY, Texas (KETK) – Texas Department of Public Safety officials said five people were found dead in Leon County close to where escaped inmate Gonzalo Lopez, 46, was seen for the last time in May.
Lopez is possibly connected to the murders, wrote our NBC affiliate KPRC. Two adults and three children were found dead, said the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. The family was from the Houston area, according to Jason Clark, Chief of Staff for TDCJ.
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The family was staying at their weekend home when they were found by police.
A relative of the family called officials and they were concerned because they had not heard from the family. The five people possibly arrived at the home on Thursday and the murders happened the same day, said TDCJ.
Law enforcement do not think Lopez had a relationship to the family. The crime scene is still being processed.
Officials believed Lopez possibly took firearms from the home.
They also said there was a “massive manhunt” going on to find the inmate and there were more than 40 TDCJ officers helping with the investigation in the area.
Law enforcement told people they are looking for a white 1999 Chevrolet pickup truck with the following Texas license plate: DPV4520.
The Texas Rangers received information about the vehicle and officials think Lopez could be driving the truck.
“Lopez is likely armed and dangerous and traveling in an unknown direction. If seen, call 9-1-1 or DPS Communications at (979) 776-3101,” wrote DPS on social media.
DPS also said they expect to provide an update about the situation on Thursday night.
Lopez is a convicted murderer who fled from authorities on May 12.
Police said Lopez escaped from custody on Highway 7. The man stabbed a TDCJ correctional officer who was transporting him and other inmates to Huntsville for a medical visit.
Lopez was serving a life sentence for capital murder out of Hidalgo County and attempted capital murder in Webb County. He has still not been found at this time.