Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Colorado Prison Chief Killed At His Home

Posted By on Wed, Mar 20, 2013 at 9:10 AM

Tom Clements, 56, was appointed Director of Colorado Department of Correction in 2011.
  • Tom Clements, 56, was appointed director of the Colorado Department of Correction in 2011.

The chief of Colorado prisons was shot and killed at his rural home just north of Colorado Springs Tuesday night. Police said Tom Clements was shot in the chest by an unknown assailant as Clement answered the door to his home.

The Associated Press reports that search dogs were called in to comb the woods around Clements' home while law enforcement went house to house, looking for information. Authorities said early this morning that they had no suspect in the attack.

Meanwhile, CBS reports that security has been tightened near and around top Colorado government appointed officials and at the governor's mansion.

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper called Clements "unfailingly kind and thoughtful and sought the good in any situation."

The 56-year-old Clements was appointed to his post by Hickenlooper in 2011.

Hundreds of Idaho inmates were transfered to Colorado in 2012 under an agreement with the Corrections Corporation of America. While the inmates are not in any of Colorado's public institutions, they are being held at one of CCA's private facilities, Kit Carson Correctional Center in Burlington, Colo.

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