Executive Director Thomas Lynn Clements

Executive Director Thomas Lynn Clements

Colorado Department of Corrections, Colorado

End of Watch Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Thomas Lynn Clements

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.

Bio

  • Age 58
  • Tour 33 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Shot and killed

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Director Clements, I remember hearing of your loss over 5 years ago and grieving along with the rest of Colorado. Your legacy is felt even at CTA, and all of the trainers there speak very fondly of you and acknowledge your many, many contributions to the department. I'm honored to have the opportunity to carry your legacy every day, and look forward to one day seeing you in the afterlife. Thank you, sir, for your many years of service to our department and to the state of Colorado, and may you rest well.

Correctional Officer I Chris Bonham
Colorado Department of Corrections

July 7, 2018

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