Commerce City woman arrested in connection with gun used in Tom Clements' murder

Bond for Stevie Vigil remains set at $25,000

COMMERCE CITY, Colo. - A 22-year-old Commerce City woman was arrested by agents with the Colorado Bureau of Investigation  for allegedly illegally transferring the firearm recovered in Texas, and identified by the El Paso County Sheriff's Office as the weapon used in the shooting death of Colorado Bureau of Prison's chief Tom Clements on March 19.

Working in conjunction with the El Paso County Sheriff's Office, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Englewood Police Department and the Denver Police Department, CBI agents arrested Stevie Marie Vigil, 22, of Commerce City on Wednesday evening.

Vigil was arrested on suspicion of an alleged illegal transfer of a firearm in early March, based on information developed during the course of the investigation, the CBI said.

Oftentimes referred to as a "straw purchase,"  investigators believe Vigil purchased the firearm from a licensed firearms dealer in Englewood, and allegedly transferred the weapon to Evan Ebel, a convicted felon who could not legally possess a firearm, the Colorado Bureau of Investigation said in a release.  

"The licensed firearms dealer has been extremely cooperative with investigators, and had no knowledge of Vigil's alleged actions following her legal purchase of the gun," said CBI spokeswoman Susan Medina.

Clements was fatally shot on March 19 after he answered the door at his home near Monument.  Investigators believe the gunman was dressed as a pizza delivery driver.

Two days prior,  Nathan Leon, was shot to death after going out to make a pizza delivery in northeast Denver. Police found his body with gunshot wounds in Golden hours later.

Denver police say they're confident the suspect in Leon's death is Ebel -- the same man who was killed in a shootout with Texas authorities last week.   Domino's uniform clothing and a red "heatwave" bag were found in the wrecked car Ebel was driving after he was involved in a fatal shootout with Texas law enforcement.

The investigation involving the Colorado firearm purchase was begun on March 21. Local, state and federal authorities worked throughout the weekend to identify the circumstances regarding the purchase and alleged transfer of the weapon that was in Ebel’s possession in Texas. 

Vigil was taken to the Arapahoe County Jail Wednesday night. Her bond has been set at $25,000. She faces one count of unlawful purchase of a firearm, a class 4 felony in the State of Colorado. A class 4 felony carries a potential penalty of anywhere between two and 16 years in prison and fines ranging from $500 to $2,000.

7NEWS  found Vigil has no previous arrests in Colorado, according to a check of CBI records.