DECATUR, Texas — Shell casings from a Texas shootout with a white supremacist parolee from Colorado are the same make and caliber as those found at the home of Colorado’s prison chief after he was killed, according to legal papers.
It is the closest link between Evan Spencer Ebel — who died in the shootout — and the slaying of Tom Clements, who was shot and killed when he opened his door Tuesday evening.
Authorities also found a Domino’s pizza bag and a jacket or shirt in the trunk of the car Ebel was driving when Texas deputies tried to pull him over — a link to another slaying, that of a pizza deliveryman whose body was found Sunday.
Ebel, 28, was a Colorado parolee with a long record of convictions since 2003 for various crimes including assaulting a prison guard in 2008. He was a member of a white supremacist prison gang called the 211s, a federal law enforcement official told the Associated Press.
Colorado officials would not confirm Ebel’s gang ties or say whether they had anything to do with the death of prisons director Tom Clements, 58. But they locked down prisons Friday for the second time since the slaying of Clements without giving a reason and said troopers are providing extra security for government officials.
“We are at a heightened alert,” said Steve Johnson of the Colorado Bureau of Investigation on Friday.
Denver police said they are confident Ebel was involved in the death of Nathan Leon, 27, the pizza man found Sunday.
They have been less forthcoming about Ebel’s link to the death of Clements, aside from saying the car Ebel was driving, a black Cadillac, is similar to one seen at the home of Clements.
Ebel fired at Texas authorities who stopped him Thursday. The 9mm Hornady casings found after the Texas shootout match those found at Clements’s house, Texas Ranger Anthony Bradford wrote in the application for a search warrant.
Authorities said they were running ballistics tests to see if they could conclusively link the gun Ebel used in Texas with the one that killed Clements.
The FBI and local officials were also examining another case similar to the Clements killing — the Jan. 31 slaying of a prosecutor in Kaufman — about 100 miles from where Ebel got into the shootout. Mark Hasse was gunned down near the courthouse.
Authorities have investigated whether Hasse’s death could be linked to a white supremacist gang.