An inmate who organized Texas' biggest prison break has been executed for gunning down a suburban Dallas police officer 11 years ago.
George Rivas was leader of the fugitive gang known as the "Texas 7." The 41-year-old received lethal injection Wednesday evening in Huntsville.
He was among a group of inmates who escaped a prison south of San Antonio in December 2000. Rivas was serving 18 life sentences at the time of the escape.
The gang opened fire on 29-year-old Irving police officer Aubrey Hawkins on Christmas Eve 2000. The wounded Hawkins was also run over by a stolen SUV driven by Rivas. The officer had interrupted the gang's holdup of a sporting goods store.
Rivas and the other fugitives were caught about a month later in Colorado.
To comment, the following rules must be followed:
If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator.
Flagging does not guarantee removal.
Decisions to suspend or unsuspend accounts are made by Station Moderators.
Questions may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please provide detailed information.
Viewers with disabilities can get assistance accessing this station's FCC Public Inspection File by contacting the station with the information listed below. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, 888-835-5322 (TTY), or email@example.com.