DENVER - Golden and Denver police are heading to Texas where a clinically-dead man could be linked to the murders of prison chief Tom Clements and Pizza delivery driver Nathan Leon.
The man led authorities on a harrowing, 100-mph car chase near Bowie, Texas Thursday that ended after he crashed into a semi and then opened fire before being shot down by his pursuers, authorities said.
Denver police say they feel there is a "strong connection" to the murder of Domino's driver Nathan Leon and the man shot in Texas. El Paso County investigators are also heading to Bowie in connection to the murder of Colorado prison director Tom Clements.
Leon was reported missing from the Denver Domino's store he worked at. His body was found in Golden Sunday evening.
The black Cadillac the man drove, with Colorado license plates, matches the description of a car spotted outside Clements' home just before the Department of Corrections chief was fatally shot while answering his front door.
"We don't know yet exactly whether this is the guy," Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper told reporters Thursday afternoon. "There's some indication. I hope it is."
A deputy in Montague County, Texas, tried to pull the Cadillac over at about 11 a.m. Thursday on a routine traffic stop, though officials wouldn't elaborate on the reason.
The driver opened fire on the deputy, wounding him, Walker said. He then fled south before crashing into a semi as he tried to elude his pursuers.
Decatur Police Chief Rex Hoskins said the man appeared to be a white man in his 30s. The man shot at Hoskins four times as the chief tried to set up a road block to halt him. The man left his car after it crashed and opened fire on the authorities around him, Hoskins said.
"He wasn't planning on being taken alive," Hoskins said. In a brief interview, he added that the man had no identification on him.
(KUSA-TV © 2013 Multimedia Holdings Corporation with The Associated Press)