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Mar 17, 2014 11:51 PM by Zach Thaxton

El Paso County Sheriff's Office downplays new Ebel 'hit list' revelations

The El Paso County Sheriff's Office is downplaying a report that some Federal officials remain in fear for their lives a full year after the murder of Colorado Department of Corrections Director Tom Clements.

Clements was shot and killed as he opened the door to his Monument home late at night on March 19, 2013.  The purported gunman, parolee Evan Ebel, was killed in a shootout with Texas deputies two days later.  Ebel was purportedly found in possession of a "hit list" of officials to be killed.  According to a report in The Denver Post, a Federal official told the Post under condition of anonymity that his name appeared on the hit list, despite him having no connection to Ebel whatsoever.  He and other officials on the list told the Post, also under condition of anonymity, that they remain in fear because of a lack of information coming from the El Paso County Sheriff's Office, which is leading the investigation into the Clements homicide.

"The appropriate information was certainly shared with anybody who might be at some level of risk," EPSO Lieutenant Jeff Kramer told News 5.  "Other information which was not necessary to communicate was not and continues to be held for the sake of this investigation and safeguarding the integrity of it."

Although the gun used to kill Clements, as well as Denver-area pizza-delivery driver Nathan Leon two days earlier, was found in Ebel's possession when his body was recovered following the deadly Texas shootout, Ebel has never been specifically identified as the person who fired the shots that killed Clements.  Lt. Kramer says considering the fact that Clements dealt with tens of thousands of current and former inmates and their friends, families, and associates -- any of whom could have had motive to kill the head of the Department of Corrections -- as well as the fact that Ebel was associated with the 211 Crew white-supremacist prison gang, it is impossible so far to definitively rule out someone else as Clements' actual killer.  "Was anybody else involved? Were there any co-conspirators with Ebel? If there were other co-conspirators, then we have to learn what role did they play in this event," Kramer said.

The large number of potential co-conspirators who may have knowledge of the hit list found with Ebel and the fact that only one person has been arrested in connection with the murders of Clements and Leon -- Stevie Vigil, who gave the gun used in the shootings to Ebel -- is what keepsofficials on the hit list nervous, according to The Denver Post's report.  

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