Gun in Texas Shootout, Colorado Slaying a Match

Evan Ebel had the weapon used to kill prison chief Tom Clements

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Mar 26, 2013 8:02 AM CDT

(Newser) – Nearly a week after Tom Clements, chief of Colorado's prisons, was fatally shot at his front door, investigators have matched the gun in his slaying to one used by prime suspect Evan Ebel in a shootout with Texas authorities. It's a small part of the puzzle as investigators work to determine whether Ebel, who was recently paroled from Colorado's prison system, acted alone. "He remains a suspect in our investigation, obviously," says a Colorado Sheriff's Office rep, "especially after receiving this confirmed link from Texas." No other suspects have been named.

Investigators are continuing to look into the killing of a pizza deliveryman whose body was found two days before Clements was killed. Denver police believe Ebel killed Nathan Leon, possibly to procure a pizza box and Domino's Pizza uniform to help persuade Clements to open his front door. Both items were found in the car Ebel was driving in Texas—a vehicle similar to one spotted near Clements' home the night of his murder. Meanwhile, Clements' family and friends yesterday mourned a man who had been admired by prison advocates and guards alike. Clements "lived his life believing in redemption, in the ability of the human heart to be changed," his widow, Lisa Clements, told the hundreds gathered. "He would want justice certainly but moreover he'd want forgiveness."

Evan Spencer Ebel. Ebel, 28, the former Colorado inmate and white supremacist at the center of a two-state mystery.
Evan Spencer Ebel. Ebel, 28, the former Colorado inmate and white supremacist at the center of a two-state mystery.   (AP Photo/Colorado Department of Corrections, File)
Colorado Department of Corrections chief Tom Clements.
Colorado Department of Corrections chief Tom Clements.   (AP Photo/Colorado Department of Corrections)
Paul Herman speaks about his friend, Tom Clements, at his memorial service during the public memorial for the chief executive of the Department of Corrections was held at New Life Church in Colorado Springs, Colo., on Monday, March 25, 2013. Tom Clements was shot and killed on the doorstep of...
Paul Herman speaks about his friend, Tom Clements, at his memorial service during the public memorial for the chief executive of the Department of Corrections was held at New Life Church in Colorado Springs,...   (Jerilee Bennett)
Law enforcement and corrections officers salute as the colors are brought to the stage at the memorial of Tom Clements during a public memorial for the chief executive of the Department of Corrections was held at New Life Church in Colorado Springs, Colo., on Monday, March 25, 2013.
Law enforcement and corrections officers salute as the colors are brought to the stage at the memorial of Tom Clements during a public memorial for the chief executive of the Department of Corrections...   (Jerilee Bennett)
Supported by her daughters Sara, left, and Rachel, Lisa Clements, the widow of Tom Clements, speaks at his public memorial at New Life Church in Colorado Springs, on Monday, March 25, 2013. Corrections officials and guards from as far away as Morocco are among the hundreds of people who turned...
Supported by her daughters Sara, left, and Rachel, Lisa Clements, the widow of Tom Clements, speaks at his public memorial at New Life Church in Colorado Springs, on Monday, March 25, 2013. Corrections...   (JERILEE BENNETT THE GAZETTE)
Lisa Clements, the wife of Tom Clements, exits from his memorial service with their minister, Pastor Matt Heard, right, and L.M. Jaros, left, during the public memorial for the chief executive of the Department of Corrections held at New Life Church in Colorado Springs, Colo., on Monday, March 25,...
Lisa Clements, the wife of Tom Clements, exits from his memorial service with their minister, Pastor Matt Heard, right, and L.M. Jaros, left, during the public memorial for the chief executive of the...   (Jerilee Bennett)
Colorado police officers leave New Life Church in Colorado Springs, Colo., after celebrating the life of Colorado prisons chief Tom Clements during a memorial service Monday, March 25, 2013 after he was gunned down as he answered the door to his home last week.
Colorado police officers leave New Life Church in Colorado Springs, Colo., after celebrating the life of Colorado prisons chief Tom Clements during a memorial service Monday, March 25, 2013 after he was...   (Michael Ciaglo)
Law enforcement and corrections officers attend a memorial service for Tom Clements the chief executive of the Department of Corrections, at New Life Church in Colorado Springs, Colo., on Monday, March 25, 2013. Tom Clements was shot and killed on the doorstep of his home last week in Monument, Colo....
Law enforcement and corrections officers attend a memorial service for Tom Clements the chief executive of the Department of Corrections, at New Life Church in Colorado Springs, Colo., on Monday, March...   (Jerilee Bennett)
Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper brings a folded flag to the family of Tom Clements during the public memorial for the chief executive of the Department of Corrections at New Life Church in Colorado Springs, Colo on Monday, March 25, 2013. Clements was shot and killed on the doorstep of his...
Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper brings a folded flag to the family of Tom Clements during the public memorial for the chief executive of the Department of Corrections at New Life Church in Colorado Springs,...   (Jerilee Bennett)
Law enforcement officers bow their head during the memorial of Tom Clements. The public memorial for the chief executive of the Department of Corrections was held at New Life Church in Colorado Springs, Colo., on Monday, March 25, 2013. Tom Clements was shot and killed on the doorstep of his...
Law enforcement officers bow their head during the memorial of Tom Clements. The public memorial for the chief executive of the Department of Corrections was held at New Life Church in Colorado Springs,...   (Jerilee Bennett)
Mourners arrive at New Life Church in Colorado Springs to celebrate the life of Colorado prisons chief Tom Clements, Monday, March 25, 2013.
Mourners arrive at New Life Church in Colorado Springs to celebrate the life of Colorado prisons chief Tom Clements, Monday, March 25, 2013.   (AP Photo/The Gazette, Michael Ciaglo)
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