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Emergency personnel carry the driver of a black Cadillac with Colorado plates who was involved in a high speed chase and shootout with police in Decatur, Texas, Thursday, March 21, 2013. The driver led police on a gunfire-filled chase through rural Montague County, crashed his car into a truck in Decatur, opened fire on authorities and was shot, officials said. Texas authorities are checking whether the Cadillac is the same car spotted near the home of Colorado prisons chief Tom Clements, who was shot and killed when he answered the door Tuesday night. (AP Photo/Wise County Messenger, Jimmy Alford) MANDATORY CREDIT, MAGS OUT
Man killed in Texas called suspect in Colorado slaying
First Published Mar 23 2013 12:02 pm • Last Updated Mar 23 2013 12:04 pm

Denver • Investigators are saying for the first time that a man who was killed in a gunfight with Texas authorities is a suspect in the shooting death of Colorado’s state prison system chief.

El Paso County sheriff’s spokesman Lt. Jeff Kramer said Saturday that evidence gathered in Texas after the death of Evan Spencer Ebel provides a "strong, strong lead" in the slaying of Tom Clements, director of the Colorado Department of Corrections.

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Kramer stressed that investigators have not yet confirmed a link between Ebel and Clements’ death.

Clements was shot Tuesday night when he answered the door of his home in a rural area north of Colorado Springs.

Ebel, who was paroled from a Colorado prison in January, was fatally shot by authorities in Texas Thursday.




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