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Executive Director Thomas L. Clements | Colorado Department of Corrections, Colorado Colorado Department of Corrections, Colorado

Executive Director

Thomas L. Clements

Colorado Department of Corrections, Colorado

End of Watch: Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 58

Tour: 33 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 3/19/2013

Weapon: Handgun

Suspect: Shot and killed

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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 and 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.

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.

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Director Clements - You have paid the ultimate price for being a man of integrity, and for doing a job not many would even attempt. I regret, so much, that death came calling for you, at home...just disgusting. May your wife and daughters be protected and, one day, recover from this ugliness.

Thank you for your service to the people of Colorado. May God grant you eternal rest and may His perpetual light shine upon you.

Sgt. K. Moreland
Arapahoe Community College PD (Ret. LAPD)
March 4, 2014

 

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