Colorado Prisons Executive Director Tom Clements was assassinated at his home in Monument, Colorado, by a former inmate Evan Spencer Ebel.
Two days earlier, the Ebel had murdered a pizza deliveryman in Denver, Colorado, and stole the man’s uniform and pizza carrier. On the night that Director Clements was murdered, the Evan Spencer Ebel had knocked on his door at approximately 8:30 pm. When Director Clements answered the door he was fatally shot by Ebel. Ebel then fled the scene.
A deputy sheriff from the Montague County, Texas, Sheriff’s Office attempted to stop the Ebel’s car for a traffic violation two days later. Ebel opened fire on the deputy, wounding him several times, before leading other officers on a chase into neighboring Wise County. During the ensuing shooting the Ebel was shot and fatally wounded. It was later determined that the Ebel was a member of a Colorado white supremacist gang known as the 211s.
Director Clements had served with the Colorado Department of Corrections for two years. He had previously served with the Missouri Department of Corrections for over 30 years, and had started his career as a probation officer. He is survived by his wife and two daughters.
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