The Department Of Corrections Chief was murdered in Colorado overnight in his home. Tom Clements was reportedly shot and killed last night, by an unknown assailant, when he opened his front door.
Authorities in Colorado are currently seeking any information about the suspect who is thought to be driving a vehicle similar in style to a Lincoln. The vehicle was described as an older model, dark colored, and “shiny,” with two doors. It was last seen going south on Jackson Creek Parkway in El Paso County, Colorado.
The vehicle, which was seen by a neighbor, was unoccupied briefly before someone reentered the car and drove away from the scene.
Clements, age 58, served as the chief of the Colorado Department of Corrections since 2011. He previously spent over 30 years working for the Department of Corrections in Missouri.
Colorado Governer John Hickenlooper, has been quoted by CBS describing Clements as “unfailingly kind and thoughtful.” He has issued a statement to all corrections employees and ordered that flags be lowered to half-staff on all public buildings.
Precautions have been increased for Department of Corrections personnel and appointed officials throughout the state of Colorado. Authorities do not expect a specific threat, but prefer to remain cautious.
Clements’ home is located in a heavily wooded area which made overnight searches difficult. K-9 units have been utilized in the search and authorities are interviewing neighbors to see if anyone noticed anything unusual.
As reported by USA Today, authorities are acutely aware that Clements’ position with the Department of Corrections may have made him a target, but they will explore all possible scenarios. As chief of corrections Clements was in charge of the operation of all Colorado prisons.
The murdered Department of Corrections chief leaves behind his wife, two daughters, and numerous friends and colleagues throughout two different states.