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Executive Director Tom Clements
Colorado Department of Corrections, Colorado
End of Watch: Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Bio & Incident Details
Tour: 33 years
Badge # Not available
Incident Date: 3/19/2013
Suspect: Shot and killed
Executive Director Tom Clements was assassinated at his home in Monument, Colorado, by a former inmate.
Two days earlier, the subject had murdered a pizza deliveryman in Denver, Colorado, and stole the man's uniform and pizza carrier. On the night that Director Clements was murdered, the subject had knocked on his door at approximately 8:30 pm. When Director Clements answered the door he was fatally shot before the subject fled the scene.
A deputy sheriff from the Montague County, Texas, Sheriff's Office attempted to stop the subject's car for a traffic violation two days later. The subject opened fire on the deputy, wounding him several times, before leading other officers on a chase into neighboring Wise County. During the ensuing shooting the subject was shot and fatally wounded. It was later determined that the subject was a member of a Colorado white supremacist gang known as the 211s.
Director Clements had served with the Colorado Department of Corrections for two years. He had previously served with the Missouri Department of Corrections for over 30 years, and had started his career as a probation officer. He is survived by his wife and two daughters.
Please contact the following agency to send condolences or to obtain funeral arrangements:
Acting Executive Director
Colorado Department of Corrections
2862 South Circle Drive
Colorado Springs, CO 80906
Phone: (719) 226-4701