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Texas shootout may tie to Colo. prison chief death

DECATUR, Texas — A man who may be linked to the slaying of Colorado's state prison chief led authorities in Texas on a harrowing, 100-mph car chase Thursday that ended after he crashed into a semitrailer and then opened fire before being shot down by his pursuers, authorities said.

Texas officials said the man, identified by the Denver Post as Evan Spencer Ebel, 28, a paroled Colorado prison inmate, was basically legally deceased but hooked up to life support equipment for organ harvesting at a Fort Worth hospital.

The possible link to the Tuesday night slaying of Colorado prison director Tom Clements is tentative but intriguing enough to put Colorado investigators on a plane to Texas.

The black Cadillac Ebel drove has Colorado license plates and matches a car seen outside Clements' home just before he was shot while answering his front door in Monument, north of Colorado Springs.

"We don't know yet exactly whether this is the guy," Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper told reporters Thursday afternoon. "There's some indication. I hope it is."

Also heading to Texas were detectives from Denver and Golden, Colo., who are investigating whether the man is linked to the shooting death of a pizza delivery driver in Colorado on Sunday, officials said.

Montague County sheriff's Deputy James Boyd tried to pull the Cadillac over about 11 a.m. Thursday, though officials wouldn't say why. The driver opened fire on Boyd, wounding him, Walker said.

He then fled south and crashed into a truck as he tried to elude his pursuers. The man left his car and opened fire on the authorities around him, Decatur Police Chief Rex Hoskins said.

"He wasn't planning on being taken alive," Hoskins said.

Texas shootout may tie to Colo. prison chief death 03/21/13 [Last modified: Thursday, March 21, 2013 10:41pm]
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