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
Gun in Texas Shootout, Colorado Slaying a Match
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)

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." (More Evan Ebel stories.)

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