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Mar 21, 2013 1:23 AM by Eric Ross

Search continues for gunman who shot and killed Tom Clements

More than 24 hours into the investigation and detectives with the El Paso County Sheriff's Office have not identified a suspect in the shooting death of Colorado Department of Corrections Executive Director Tom Clements

While detectives continue their search for a gunman, friends and colleagues are left mourning.

Just before 9 p.m. Tuesday, dispatchers received a 9-1-1 call from a home on Colonial Park Drive in Monument.

When paramedics and deputies arrived, Clements was pronounced dead on scene.

"The 9-1-1 call that was placed indicated that Mr. Clements had answered the door and was shot upon answering the door," Lt. Jeff Kramer said. "I can tell you at this point, the information we've gained through the course of our investigation is consistent with that report."

As the investigation continued Wednesday, neighbors were shocked to learn about the senseless crime.

"The neighbor across the street from me said that while he was reading to his son, his wife came in the room and said she thought something fell on the roof," resident Matthew Dunston said. "Evidently, that must have been the gunshot."

As of 11 p.m. Wednesday, detectives have not released a motive as they continue looking at all possibilities.

"As the executive director of the Colorado Department of Corrections, we're sensitive to the fact that there could be any number of people who may have a motive for wanting to target Clements," Lt. Kramer said.

It was a sad day at the Department of Corrections Wednesday.

Those who worked alongside Clements are heartbroken.

"I still think many of us are in shock and disbelief," Alison Morgan with the Department of Corrections said. "As the hours go on, the reality is setting in."

The case has gained the attention of Gov. John Hickenlooper, who met with DOC employees Wednesday afternoon.

"Clements is one of the finest people I've worked with," he said. "We're not going to let him (the gunman) win. We will find this person and bring them to justice."

At this time, detectives only have a possible suspect description. A dark-colored, 90's model car was seen in the neighborhood around the time of the shooting. Deputies say the car resembles that of a Cadillac or Lincoln.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the El Paso County Sheriff's Office at 390-5555.



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