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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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.
“There is a thick stack of indictments against gang members for attempted murder, bribing or tampering with witnesses, solicitation to commit murder, and criminal impersonation,” reports 9News, an NBC affiliate in Denver. “One of the most famous members of the group was Jeremiah Barnum. He was an accessory to the murder of an African immigrant, Oumar Dia, in 1997. Just a year ago, Barnum died when Englewood Police shot and killed him during a confrontation.”