Criminal Justice

Colorado prisons chief is fatally shot by gunman who rang his doorbell


The executive director of Colorado’s Department of Corrections was shot and killed Tuesday night when he opened the door to a man who rang his doorbell.

Tom Clements was 58 years old. Sheriff’s deputies in El Paso County are investigating whether he was targeted because of his job, report the New York Times, the Denver Post and the Associated Press.

Robbery does not appear to be the motive, according to a spokesman for the El Paso County Sheriff’s office. Police used dogs to search a wooded area near the home, but did not find any suspects. A neighbor reported seeing a “boxy” two-door car nearby at the time of the shooting that may have been a dark-colored Lincoln, the Denver Post says.

Clements lived in Monument near Colorado Springs. AP was able to find his street address online through an Internet locator service.

The shooting occurred hours before Colorado’s governor signed three gun control measures into law, including provisions that require background checks for all gun transfers, the Times says.

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