KUSA - Authorities are looking to see if a car chase and shoot out near Bowie, Texas Thursday is linked to the murder of Colorado prison chief Tom Clements as well as Nathan Leon, the pizza delivery driver shot to death last week in Golden.
9Wants to Know has confirmed the identity of the suspect in the shootout and chase as 28-year-old Evan Spencer Ebel.
9Wants to know has confirmed that same caliber gun used in Clements' murder was used in the Texas shootout. Authorities also found a Domino's Pizza box and jacket inside the Ebel's car.
Gunfire was exchanged during a chase and subsequent crash that resulted in a Montague County deputy in Bowie being shot and the Ebel being airlifted to a hospital. Officials say Ebel is legally deadwhile still hooked up to equipment for organ harvesting at a Fort Worth hospital.
The El Paso County Sheriff's Office is now working with the FBI and Texas authorities to determine if the chase is connected to the death of Tom Clements.
Denver police say there is also a strong connection to the shooting death of Domino's pizza delivery driver Nathan Leon.
The car involved in that crash has Colorado plates and matches the vague description of the vehicle that was in the area when Department of Corrections executive director Tom Clements was shot and killed Tuesday night.
Police are not confirming whether this vehicle involved in the crash in Texas is the same one they are searching for in connection to Clements' murder.
"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."
Montague County sheriff's deputy James Boyd tried to pull over the Cadillac at about 11 a.m. Thursday, though officials wouldn't elaborate on the reason.
Ebel opened fire on Boyd, wounding him, Walker said. He then fled south before crashing into a semi as he tried to elude his pursuers.
Walker said Colorado investigators were heading to Texas to determine whether Ebel is connected to Clements' and Leon's killing. Boyd was wearing a bulletproof vest and is at a Fort Worth hospital, authorities said. Officials had said he wasn't seriously injured but later said his condition was unknown.
Ebel shot at Decatur Police Chief Rex Hoskins four times as the chief tried to set up a road block to halt him. Ebel 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.
Clements, 58, was killed as he answered the door to his home Tuesday night in Monument. His death stunned law enforcement colleagues in Colorado and Missouri, where he spent most of his career as a highly respected corrections official.
Police haven't said if they think his death was linked to his job.