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Mar 20, 2013 1:57 PM by Kirsten Bennett

Vehicle of interest sought in Dept. of Corrections killing

El Paso County Sheriff's deputies have released a description of a vehicle of interest in the death of Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Corrections, Tom Clements.

Clements was shot inside his home on Colonial Park Drive Tuesday night around 8:47 p.m.

Detectives say they are sensitive to this high profile killing and the fact there could be people who would target Clements based on his position, although they are investigating all possibilities.

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.

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