DENVER - ABC News has confirmed that investigators suspect Evan Ebel killed a pizza delivery driver in Golden to use his uniform as a disguise to approach the home of prison chief Tom Clements the night he was shot and killed.
Part-time pizza delivery driver Nate Leon disappeared while delivering a pizza on Sunday, March 17. His body was found six hours later.
Department of Corrections director Tom Clements was killed at about 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 19 when he answered the door at his home in Monument, according to El Paso County Sheriff's Lt. Jeff Kramer.
A source familiar with the investigation told CALL7 Investigator Theresa Marchetta the interaction at the doorway lasted for a matter of minutes before Clements was shot in the chest. There also may have been a struggle, the source said.
The suspect, Evan Ebel, was shot during a confrontation with law enforcement on Thursday morning, March 21, in Texas.
A Texas Ranger who investigated the shootout said investigators saw an insulated Domino’s Pizza carrier and a Domino’s shirt or jacket in the trunk of the vehicle Ebel was driving.
Ebel was removed from life support Friday and died.
Hours later, investigators from Denver Police confirmed Ebel was a suspect in the killing of Leon.
"We are confident TX suspect is also suspect in Denver/Golden case," Denver Police said via Twitter Friday. "Thanks to great work by Golden PD inv, DPD dets and Forensic examn. [sic]"
Monday, investigators with the El Paso County Sheriff's office said the analysis of casings show the same weapon was used in the Texas shootout and the Clements murder. In addition to using the same brand and caliber of ammunition, the Sheriff's office said the unique markings left on the casings matched.
The Sheriff's office said there is no information available at this time about a motive, but that will become an important part of their analysis of the evidence.
Investigators said they have not yet determined why Ebel was in Texas.
-- Ebel's background --
Ebel was in and out of jail for the last 10 years, ABC reported. Friends told ABC producer Carol McKinley that prison changed Ebel and that he emerged a white supremacist.
Ebel sported tattoos that said "hopeless" and "Evil Evan."
Ebel's father testified at the state Capitol in 2011 that his son spent years in solitary confinement and had trouble communicating during visits.
"He'll rant a little bit. He'll stammer. He'll be frustrated that he can't find the words," Jack Ebel said.
According to Department of Corrections records, Ebel was serving his parole in Denver. His record shows he had been convicted of burglary, robbery, trespass and assault on a prison guard.