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

(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.

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Mar 21, 2013 11:14 PM CDT
There is a big difference between the average perp who shoots someone while on the run. They generally just want to get away, the cops want to kill them. Its in the training. There is no such thing as training to injure. The silhouette target is designed to get a kill shot every time. There are several reasons given for that but my favorite is that dead men tell no tales.
Mar 21, 2013 11:11 PM CDT
Save the hospital money and "pull the plug" on this criminal.
Mar 21, 2013 9:29 PM CDT
A black Cadillac with Colorado plates was covered earlier as "boxy".