Clue in Colorado DOC Chief Murder: 'Boxy' Car
Police still have no suspects, motive
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Mar 21, 2013 5:58 AM CDT
Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper pauses at a news conference at the Capitol in Denver on Wednesday, March 20, 2013, where he talked about the shooting death of Tom Clements.   (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

(Newser) – Colorado is reeling in the fatal shooting of corrections head Tom Clements, and police are scrambling to come up with either suspect or motive. Fearing additional attacks, the state is ramping up security measures for Gov. John Hickenlooper, lawmakers, and other officials, the Denver Post reports. Police aren't sure why Clements was attacked, but say they "know of his position and realize that it is a possible motive for a crime such as this." At the moment, the top lead is a "boxy" car that was running with no driver near Clements' house, according to a witness. A Corrections spokeswoman wouldn't comment on whether he had received death threats, other than to say, "Corrections is inherently a dangerous business."

By all counts beloved by everyone from colleagues to ex-gang members, Clements was known for his dedication. He fought recidivism, tried to improve life for prison workers, and cut the number of prisoners facing solitary confinement, the New York Times reports. He had, however, closed a pair of prisons and recently denied a Saudi-born prisoner's request to serve his time in Saudi Arabia. "He did his job quietly and intently," said Hickenlooper, who yesterday signed new gun control measures into law.

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Smitty6398
Mar 21, 2013 3:38 PM CDT
How much ya wanna' bet this 'beefed-up' security includes some of those now-banned arms and magazines. Nothing stops a bad guy with a GUN like a good guy with a GUN. Go git 'em, boys. Yeee Haaaaw !!! NRA-ALL THE WAY !!!
DarkFrancis
Mar 21, 2013 2:12 PM CDT
When I first read about this yesterday morning, 'boxy car' was the only lead. So this isn't really a breaking story, is it?
l1984
Mar 21, 2013 2:11 PM CDT
All the news reports I have seen didn't say how many times he was shot....guess that number will be the next magazine capacity limit in Colorado....LOL