An inmate who escaped about three weeks ago and allegedly killed four children and an adult while escaping was killed Thursday in a shootout with police in the US state of Texas. The man – a convicted murderer – was armed with an automatic rifle and pistol and immediately opened fire.
Officials arrested the 46-year-old Thursday night (local time) after a stolen car chase in the small town of Jourdanton, Atascosa County, the Texas Criminal Justice Department said. Police said the officers were unharmed in the shooting.
Five bodies found in weekend house
Hours earlier, officers discovered the bodies of an adult and four children at a weekend home near Centerville, Leon County. A relative had alerted police because he hadn’t heard from the Houston family, local media reported. It was suspected that the fugitive hid in the hut and killed the arriving family.
Then the criminal would have stolen the family’s pickup. “He clearly has no respect for human life,” said Jason Clark of the Texas Criminal Justice Department. The suspect has no family connection.
Escaped during prisoner transport
The 46-year-old, believed to be a member of a Mexican crime syndicate, escaped a prisoner transport in Leon County on May 12 after stabbing the bus driver. He was serving a life sentence for murder.
About 300 officers participated in the search using sniffer dogs and helicopters. An in-depth investigation is underway to clarify how the fugitive on the bus was able to free himself and obtain a knife, the criminal court said.
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