Gun evidence links Ebel, Clements’s death
Gun evidence links a Colorado parolee fatally shot in Texas with the death of Colorado’s corrections chief, investigators said yesterday.
The El Paso County sheriff’s office said that “unique and often microscopic markings” found on shell casings in Texas and Colorado leads investigators to conclude that the gun Evan Ebel used to shoot at authorities in Texas was the same gun used to kill Tom Clements at his home on Tuesday.
It had been known that the casings found at both scenes were of the same caliber and brand but yesterday’s announcement was the first time Colorado investigators made a direct link between Ebel and Clements’s death.
What remained unknown though was why Clements was killed when he answered his front door last Tuesday night and whether Ebel acted alone.
“There are no answers at this time surrounding motive and gaining these answers could be a lengthy process for investigators,” sheriff’s spokesman Lt. Jeff Kramer said in statement.
The announcement came just hours after hundreds of people, including corrections officials and guards from as far away as Morocco, gathered for a memorial service to honor Clements.
The crowd at New Life Church included 39 current and former corrections chiefs as well as guards from 14 states. A delegation of corrections officials from Morocco also attended along with dignitaries including Gov. John Hickenlooper and U.S. Attorney John Walsh.