A manhunt is under way today in Colorado after the state Department of Corrections head was shot dead at his home.
Here’s what you should know about this breaking story.
1. Tom Clements Was Shot Dead Answering the Doorbell
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Tom Clements, the 58-year-old executive director of the Colorado Department of Corrections, was shot in the chest around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday after answering the doorbell at his home in Monument, located north of Colorado Springs. Cops discovered the body after responding to a 911 call from a family member.
2. A Manhunt is Under Way
Audio of El Paso County Sheriff dispatch responding to the shooting, via the Denver Post:
Search teams with police dogs initially scoured the woods near Clement’s home. Officers are canvasing neighbors. Cops are on the lookout for a vehicle, which “may” be a ’90s model Lincoln. They reportedly to not have a suspect at this time. Police are saying there is no immediate danger to the neighborhood.
3. The Governor Confirmed the Slaying
Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper made this statement:
We have no more details than that. I am so sad. I have never worked with a better person than Tom, and I can’t imagine our team without him. … As your Executive Director, he helped change and improve DOC in two years more than most people could do in eight years.
The governor ordered flags to be flown at half-staff.
4. The Governor Was Set to Sign Gun-Control Laws
Clements’ murder occurred hours before the governor was set to sign three controversial gun-control bills. Hickenlooper followed through and signed the bills, enacting laws that limit the size of magazines (15-round maximum), expand background checks, and enact a fee for background checks for gun transfers. 9 news reports security has been stepped up at the governor’s mansion in the wake of the murder.
5. Clements Had a Family
Clements leaves a wife and two daughters. It’s unknown which family members were home at the time of the murder and which family member placed the 911 call.
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