Woman killed by kidnapping suspect in SE Travis Co. identified
The Travis County Sheriff's Office and family members have confirmed the identity of the woman killed in front of deputies by her kidnapper in southeast Travis County Wednesday afternoon.
It happened near the Hwy 71 and Burch Drive intersection, just east of SH 130 and north of Del Valle High School.
It all began when Ibeth Lopez, 26,of Elgin, was abducted at gunpoint while at work at Sports Clips in Bastrop, her relatives say.
According to investigators, the suspect then took Lopez westbound on Hwy 71.
At the same time, students at Del Valle High School were protesting and had staged a walkout. Deputies were blocking traffic on westbound Hwy 71 to provide security -- and when the suspect and Lopez encountered heavy traffic their vehicle turned off the highway and stopped in a church parking lot, the Travis County Sheriff's Office says.
A BOLO had been put out on the nearby kidnapping in Bastrop. And when deputies saw the vehicle with both doors open, they went to investigate -- that's when they saw the suspect and Lopez walking in a field behind the church. When the deputies approached, the suspect shot Lopez. Deputies fired on the suspect but the man shot himself in the head.
Lopez died at the scene. It's unclear if the deputies' gunfire actually hit the suspect, investigators say. His was transported to South Austin Medical Center in critical condition.
People in Elgin who knew Lopez say she was well-liked, although a little shy at first. She was the mom of a young daughter, and seemed to have her life together. They also confirmed that Lopez had been in a romantic relationship of some kind with the man who shot her. CBS Austin is not identifying the man, pending confirmation from the Travis County Sheriff’s Office or his family.
Records show that the relationship had its troubles, especially over the two years Lopez and the man perhaps lived together at the Crescent Village Apartments in Elgin. There were four calls for police during that time. In one of those instances, records reflect that on June 2, 2014, police responded to a disturbance call. The caller was the man’s sister. When police got there, Lopez was gone and police could not find her and talk to her. The man was putting his personal belongings in his car and told police he was leaving.
A GoFundMe page has been set up for Lopez to pay for her funeral and help take care of her daughter. Funeral arrangements are being taken care of by the Providence-Jones family funeral home in Elgin.