Sheriff says ballistics link gun in Texas traffic shootout with slaying of Colo. prisons chief

Ballistics evidence shows that the same gun used in a Texas shootout that began with a routine traffic stop was also used in the earlier slaying of the Colorado prisons superintendent at his home, authorities announced Monday afternoon.

The El Paso County, Colo., sheriff’s office said shell casings in both locations had “unique and often microscopic markings” that linked them to both the Texas shootout, in which suspect Evan Ebel, 28, was mortally wounded, and the slaying of Tom Clements, 58, reports USA Today.

An investigation continues and a possible motive for the crimes and whether anyone else may have been involved isn’t known. Authorities didn’t release the make and model of the gun at issue, the newspaper notes.

The Associated Press also has a story.

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ABAJournal.com: “Did man killed in Texas gunbattle have anything to do with slaying of Colo. prisons chief?”

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