Break in Colorado Case? Driver Shot After Chase

Police aren't confirming whether it's tied to shooting of Clements

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Mar 21, 2013 5:38 PM CDT

(Newser) – Colorado authorities are trying to figure out whether a man who led Texas police on a high-speed chase and shootout is the man who shot prisons chief Tom Clements, reports the Denver Post. The unidentified man is on life support and declared brain dead after being shot by police when the chase ended. His car, a black Cadillac with Colorado plates, matches the description of a vehicle spotted by Clements' house before the shooting on Tuesday night. During today's chase and shootout, the driver shot and wounded a deputy, who is in stable condition, reports the Wise County Messenger.

It could be a while before police in Texas and Colorado, along with the FBI, sort things out. "Our officers are working with the FBI and the local authorities to determine whether there is a connection," says an El Paso County Sheriff's official. "The crime scene has to be processed. That takes time and we're not there yet." The chase ended when the Cadillac slammed into a tractor-trailer, but the driver still managed to get out and open fire on deputies, police say.

This undated image provided by the Colorado Department of Corrections shows Tom Clements.
This undated image provided by the Colorado Department of Corrections shows Tom Clements.   (AP Photo/Colorado Department of Corrections)
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