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Was there a prison gang connection to murder of Colorado prisons chief?

Colorado parolee Evan Ebel, who died Friday after a shootout with police in Texas, may have been connected to the shooting death of Colorado prisons chief Tom Clements. As the member of a 'particularly vicious' prison gang, Ebel may have been ordered to kill Clements.

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Evan Spencer Ebel is shown in this undated Colorado Department of Corrections booking photo. Ebel died Friday but authorities say he is a suspect in the slaying of Tom Clements, the head of Colorado's prison system.

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Law enforcement officials are zeroing in on the member of a prison gang as a suspect in the killing of Colorado prisons chief Tom Clements.

He has been identified by several news sources as 28-year-old Evan Ebel, who had been on life-support in Texas after a high-speed chase and shootout with police there. Mr. Ebel died Friday.

Ebel had been in and out of prison in Colorado over the past decade for various offenses, including assaulting a prison guard in 2008. His list of nine felonies over a four-year period includes aggravated robbery, assault, and menacing. Authorities say he was a member of the “211 Crew,” also known as the Aryan Alliance. Ebel had been free on parole since February.

 
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