DENVER - Authorities are on the lookout for two alleged "associates" of a white supremacist prison gang after their names came up during the investigation into the murder of Colorado prison chief Tom Clements.
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.
The two were in frequent contact with Evan Ebel 24 to 36 hours before Clements was killed, ABC News reported Wednesday night.
Lt. Jeff Kramer with the El Paso County Sheriff's Office said the two men are "associates" of the 211 Crew, the same prison gang that Ebel belonged to.
Ebel was linked to the prison chief's shooting death after he was killed in a gunfight with Texas law enforcement. In addition to driving a vehicle that matched the one seen outside of Clements' home, Kramer announced ballistic evidence also linked the weapon he used in Texas to the murder.
Kramer said the lookout alert for the two gang members is intended to ensure the safety of officers, in case they come in contact with either of them.
The sheriff's office reiterated that the two men are not named as suspects in Clements' murder.
An "official safety bulletin" was broadcast over police radio traffic early Wednesday evening.
"Officer safety bulletin, extreme caution: The El Paso County Sheriff's Office and the Colorado Department of Corrections requesting all law enforcement agencies to be on the lookout for the following parties," said a dispatcher.
The dispatcher then described Guolee, also known as "Ghost" and Lohr, also known as "Jimbo."
"Both are known associates of the 211 Crew, have shown violent tendencies and should be considered armed and dangerous. This is reference to an active homicide investigation," said the dispatcher.
Sheriff's investigators don't know the whereabouts of Lohr and Guolee or if they are together, but Kramer said it's possible one or both of them could be headed to Nevada or Texas.
Each man has an active arrest warrant for unrelated cases, Kramer said.
Guolee has felony warrants for his arrest and Lohr has misdemeanor warrants for his arrest.
Guolee is a parolee who served time for intimidating a witness and giving a pawnbroker false information, among other charges, court records show. He was described as 5 feet 9 inches tall, 160 pounds, with blond hair and blue eyes and with several tattoos.
Lohr was being sought on warrants out of Las Animas County for a bail violation and a violation of a protection order, according to court records. He is described as 6 feet tall, 160 pounds, with blond hair and brown eyes. He also has several tattoos.
The Be On the Lookout Order (or BOLO) was broadcast to all El Paso County sheriff's deputies in the field on their primary radio.
"A BOLO can be used for a variety of reasons and officer safety related information is amongst the most common reason to broadcast a BOLO.. . The information aired was regarding two men whose names surfaced during the Tom Clements' homicide investigation and could pose a threat to deputies/officers if contacted," the El Paso County Sheriff's Office explained.
The 211 Crew gang was founded in 1995 at the Denver County Jail, according to prisonoffenders.com. The gang is one of the most vicious white supremacist groups operating in U.S. prisons, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks extremist groups.
Anyone with information concerning their whereabouts is asked to call the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office at 719-390-5555.