CO Prison Director Killing Linked to Breakup of Inmate Gang


One month before Colorado prisons chief Tom Clements was shot to death in the doorway of his home — a shooting now linked to a white supremacist — prison officials shook the world of hundreds of members of the suspect’s prison gang, the 211 Crew, reports the Denver Post. Clements’ Department of Corrections moved a core group of white supremacist leaders held at Sterling Correctional Complex to Buena Vista Correctional Center, diluting their numbers and strength.

“There was a group up there and (prison officials) decided to break them up,” said an official. Now officials are investigating whether Clements’ killing was an ordered “hit,” or whether the gunman was acting alone. Authorities in Texas said the same type and brand of 9mm bullet casings were found at Clements’ home and at the scene of a gun battle with Evan Ebel, 28. Ebel — a 211 soldier with an extensive criminal history — was killed in a shootout Thursday with Texas officers after a 100 mph chase. The car is believed tied to the scene of Clements’ killing and the murder of pizza-delivery driver Nathan Leon two days earlier.

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