Investigators found evidence, including bullet casings, linking former inmate and prison gang member Evan Ebel to a Texas shoot-out and the murder of Colorado prisons chief Tom Clements.
Physical evidence gathered so far in the shooting death of Colorado prisons chief Tom Clements has begun to confirm suspicions that Evan Ebel committed the crime before speeding to Texas where he was killed in a shoot-out with police.
Police at the scene of the Texas confrontation with Ebel have recovered Hornady 9mm bullet casings – the same brand and caliber used to kill Mr. Clements. The automobile Ebel was driving before he plowed into an 18-wheel truck and emerged shooting at police – a 1991 black Cadillac – appears similar to a car seen in Clements’ neighborhood the night of that shooting.
Also, Ebel’s car contained a work uniform of the type worn by Domino's Pizza delivery man Nathan Leon shot and killed last Sunday night in Denver – two days before the Clements shooting. Investigators have noted a “strong connection” between the two slayings, which suggests that Ebel may have used Mr. Leon’s uniform as a disguise in the Clements incident.
As for motive, that remains unclear, although Ebel was a member of the “211 Crew,” also known as the Aryan Alliance, described as a particularly vicious prison gang whose members released from prison carry on criminal activities – including murders – on behalf of the gang. Prison chief Clements, on the job in Colorado for about two years, had begun cracking down on such gangs.
Meanwhile, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper acknowledged Friday that he is friends with Ebel’s father, Jack Ebel, a gas and oil lawyer in Boulder. They worked together at an oil company when Hickenlooper was a geologist, and they have stayed close, the Denver Post reports.
Gov. Hickenlooper said that when he interviewed Clements for the job as corrections department director, he did mention that he knew someone whose child was in administrative segregation (solitary confinement), the newspaper reported