DENVER - The Colorado State Patrol said that it has increased security at the State Capitol and at the governor's mansion following the Tuesday night murder of the director of the state Department of Corrections.
CSP Capt. Jeff Goodwin told 7NEWS there is no specific threat against Hickenlooper or other state officials, but tighter security would remain in place until the near future.
DOC director Tom Clements was shot in the chest around 8:45 p.m. when answering the door of his home on the 17400 block of Colonial Park Drive in Monument. El Paso County Sheriff's Lt. Jeff Kramer said it was reported to 911 by a family member.
"We are sensitive to the high profile position in which Mr. Clements served and the fact there could be people who would target him based on his position. However, we remain open minded to all investigative possibilities and continue to work all available clues and sources of information," the El Paso County Sheriff's Office said in a news release.
Clements, 58, was appointed the Executive Director of the Department of Corrections in January 2011, after having served as the head of the department of corrections in Missouri for 31 years. Gov. John Hickenlooper said Clements was about to retire when they lured him to Colorado to serve as head of the state's prison system.
"He is going to be deeply, deeply missed," Hickenlooper said during a Wednesday morning news conference. "He was a great friend to me, to, I think, all of us. In many ways he helped define what a public servant is."
Clements is survived by his wife, Lisa Clements, and his two daughters.