Mar 25, 2013 3:44 PM by JD Downing
COLORADO SPRINGS - The Colorado Springs Metro Crime Lab has completed the analysis of shell casings collected in Texas by El Paso County Sheriff's Office investigators. The analysis done by ballistics experts has concluded the gun used by Evan Ebel in Texas was the same weapon used in the shooting death of Tom Clements. The confirmation goes well beyond acknowledging the same caliber and brand of ammunition being used, but rather is based on unique, and often microscopic markings left on the casings at both scenes.
Investigators are actively pursuing all pieces of information and angles to determine whether Ebel acted alone in the shooting of Tom Clements or if others were involved. There are no answers at this time surrounding motive and gaining these answers could be a lengthy process for investigators. To safeguard the investigation, we will not provide details on what our investigators have learned thus far, nor will we share details in the future until such time the information does not jeopardize the investigation. Please be mindful that if other people are implicated in this crime, it is imperative we do all we can to aid in the successful prosecution of those responsible, and that starts with the integrity of the investigation.
On March 19, 2013, at approximately 8:47 p.m., the El Paso County Sheriff's Office received a 9-1-1 call from a resident in the 17400 block of Colonial Park Drive reporting a shooting at the residence. Deputies arrived at the residence to find an adult male deceased; the male was identified as Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Corrections, Tom Clements.
Detectives from the Sheriff's Office are working diligently to determine what occurred and who perpetrated the crime. We are sensitive to the high profile position in which Mr. Clements served and the fact there could be people who would target him based on his position. However, we remain open minded to all investigative possibilities and continue to work all available clues and sources of information.
There is no suspect identified in this case, but a vehicle of interest has been identified. The vehicle was seen by a local resident near the Clements' home approximately 15 minutes prior to the first 9-1-1 call. The vehicle was running but unoccupied. The vehicle was gone a few minutes later but was observed a short time later traveling west on Higby Road, turning south on Jackson Creek Parkway.
The vehicle of interest is described as a late model 2-door, "boxy" style, similar to a 90's model Lincoln. It's shiny and black or dark in color. When the vehicle was seen on Higby Road, it had one occupant but no description of the occupant is available.
Agencies assisting in this investigation include the Colorado Department of Corrections, Colorado Bureau of Investigations, 4th Judicial District Attorney's Office, Attorney General's Office, Federal Bureau of Investigations, Monument Police Department and Palmer Lake Police Department.
Anyone with information regarding this vehicle or crime is encouraged to call the Sheriff's Office at 719-390-5555.