Colorado Corrections Director Tom Clements Shot and Killed At His Home


The director of the Colorado Department of Corrections, Tom Clements, was shot and killed after answering the door at his home last night, the Denver Post reports. There was no immediate word on whether the crime was connected with his job. “There is no evidence of a home invasion,” said an El Paso County Sheriff’s spokesman. “Whether he was specifically targeted or this was random, we don’t know.” “Last night, Tom Clements was killed at his home in Monument. I can hardly believe it, let alone write words to describe it,” said Gov. John Hickenlooper. Clements was shot in the chest when he answered the door of his home around 8:30 p.m. A family member called 911. Clements was appointed in 2011. Hickenlooper said Clements had “helped change and improve” the corrections department “in two years more than most people could do in eight years,” Hickenlooper said. “He was unfailingly kind and thoughtful, and sought the ‘good’ in any situation. As you all know, in corrections that is not easy.” Clements had served for 31 years in the Missouri Department of Corrections, starting as a probation and parole officer in St. Louis in 1979.

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