Colorado Prison Director Shot Dead at Home


Tom Clements, the Executive Director of Colorado's Department of Corrections, was at home last night when someone rang the doorbell around 8:30 p.m. He opened the door and was shot dead.

There are no suspects and it does not appear robbery was a motive. Clements' home is in Monument, Colorado, which is near Colorado Springs.

Officials with the El Paso County sheriff’s office said they were looking for a “boxy” two-door car that had been spotted Tuesday night in the neighborhood, its engine running but with nobody inside. There were few other insights about who had shot Mr. Clements, or why.

…They said Mr. Clements’s post, overseeing more than 20,000 inmates in Colorado’s prisons and parole system, might have made him a target.

Clements, who leaves a wife and two daughters, was appointed prison chief by Gov. Hickenlooper in January, 2011. Prior to that he had spent 31 years working in Missouri’s prison system.

A family member (presumably his wife) called 911. Here’s a close-up photo of his home and neighborhood.