State Patrol providing added security to some state officials after murder of state prison chief
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DENVER - The Colorado State Patrol will be providing extra security details to some state officials in light of the murder of the state prison director.
The source inside the patrol confirmed to CALL7 Investigator Theresa Marchetta that the added security was arranged for several state officials. The source also said the extra security would last through the foreseeable future.
Department of Corrections director Tom Clements was killed last month answering the door of his Monument home. The suspect was identified as Evan Ebel, a member of a white supremacist gang and former inmate who was paroled four years early due to a court error.
Clements was recognized for cracking down on prison gangs and, according to Gov. John Hickenlooper, had been passionate about improving issues surrounding solitary confinement.
At least two other states have suffered high-profile attacks on law enforcement officials.
In West Virginia, Mingo County Sheriff Eugene Crum was gunned down while sitting in his vehicle during a lunch break in the Town of Williamson. Crum had a reputation for cracking down on drug dealers.
In Texas, Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife Cynthia were found shot dead inside their home, about two months after the county assistant district attorney was murdered in the county courthouse parking lot. McLelland had vowed to hunt down the assistant DA's killer.
ABC News reported that before both of those murders in Texas, local authorities had sent out a bulletin warning that a gang of white supremacists might seek retaliation. The December 2012 bulletin warned that the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas was working to develop information about officers involved in arresting members of their group.
The Aryan Brotherhood of Texas is a top focus of the investigation into the two Texas cases.
In Colorado, El Paso County has confirmed it advised law enforcement officers to be on the lookout for two alleged white supremacists identified during the investigation into Evan Ebel. Sheriff's spokesman Lt. Jeff Kramer said the two men are "associates" of the 211 Crew, the same prison gang that Ebel belonged to.
The men are 47-year-old James Lohr and 31-year-old Thomas Guolee. They are considered armed and dangerous with violent tendencies, officials said.
Each man also has an active arrest warrant for unrelated cases, Kramer said.
Kramer said his office has also interviewed other members of the 211 Crew while investigating Ebel and several other possible avenues connected to the Clements murder investigation.
In the hours after Clements' murder, Colorado State Patrol Captain Jeff Goodwin said security was increased at the State Capitol and at the Governor's Mansion. At the time, Goodwin said there was no specific threat against any state officials, but that tighter security would remain in place until the near future.
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