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A convicted killer who escaped from a transport van in Texas last month and went on to allegedly killed a family of five was killed in a shootout with police officers around 10:30 p.m. Thursday.

The Texas Police shot dead Gonzalo Lopez in Jourdanton, located 35 miles south of San Antonio.

The police said the suspect, 46, is also tagged as the brains behind the death of five family members, including four minors, a few hours earlier.

The hunt for Lopez started on May 12, when he stabbed a prison guard driving him from a correctional facility in Gatesville to another in Huntsville for a medical appointment, according to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

A brief struggle ensued between the pair before the prison bus crashed on Texas State Highway 7, about a mile and a half from Centerville, a rural area between Dallas and Houston.

It took authorities spanning several law enforcement agencies 22 days to locate him.

Sources said Lopez, a former member of the Mexican Mafia prison gang, was convicted in 2006 of killing a man along the Texas-Mexico border.

He served a life sentence when he made his bold escape last month.

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