"Disgruntled" man threatens to kill ex-wife, judge with loaded gun

Luis Manuel Lopez // Cameron County Jail

A Midland man is being held on more than $1.8 million dollars in bonds for bringing a loaded gun to the Cameron County Courthouse and threatening to kill his ex-wife and a state district judge.

Cameron County District Attorney Luis V. Saenz said 41-year-old Luis Manuel Lopez of Brownsville was "disgruntled" following a civil case hearing with his ex-wife.

The two were in the parking lot when Lopez allegedly threatened to kill the woman and visiting State District judge Federico Hinojosa.

The woman alerted Brownsville police who arrived on scene.

Following a short pursuit, Lopez was arrested in the courthouse parking lot.

Investigators recovered the handgun, which they say was loaded. A bullet was found in the chamber ready for discharge.

Lopez TMs extreme actions warrant the severity of his charges, Saenz said. In addition to his intent to kill a sitting judge and another human being, it was an attack on our judicial system.

Lopez has been arraigned on several charges:

Attempted Capital Murder Attempted Murder Obstruction or Retaliation Obstruction or Retaliation Terroristic Threat Terroristic Threat Unlawful Carrying of a Weapon Reckless Driving

Lopez remains jailed at Carrizales-Rucker Detention Center under $1,820,000 in bonds.