Tom Clements murder case: Woman walking in area says she didn't see suspect's car

MONUMENT, Colo. - The woman walking in the neighborhood where Colorado prison chief Tom Clements was shot on Tuesday night told 7NEWS she didn't see the suspect's vehicle.

Investigators said they were looking for speed-walker who may have been in the area when the director of the state Department of Corrections was gunned down.

The woman told 7NEWS she talked to investigators Thursday morning. She said she didn't see any vehicles driving during her walk.

Clements was shot in the chest at about 8:45 p.m. when he answered the door at his house in the 17400 block of Colonial Park Drive in Monument, according to El Paso County Sheriff's Lt. Jeff Kramer.

Police dispatcher radio traffic said 911 initially received a hang-up call from Clements’ home. Then another call came from Clements’ wife who reported the shooting, according to a recording at RadioReference.com.

“RP (reporting party) is a female party saying her husband has been shot in the chest at this address,” said a dispatcher, adding that the victim was not conscious or breathing.

“Be advised RP saying someone rang the doorbell and the husband answered the door and was shot,” the dispatcher said. “….RP and the patient are in the house on the stairs at this time.”

Moments before the ambush, a resident in the area saw an older model, boxy, two-door car parked with the engine running, Kramer said. No one was in the car at the time.

The vehicle was seen idling near Clements' home about 15 minutes before the shooting was reported, authorities said.

Then, minutes later,  the neighbor saw the same vehicle driving by with one person inside. There is no description of the driver -- investigators don’t know if it was a man or a woman.

The vehicle was described as black or dark colored and similar to a '90s model Lincoln, with green dashboard lights. The car -- said to be "shiny" --  was last seen going westbound on Higby Road, turning south onto Jackson Creek Parkway.

Clements, 58, was appointed the Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Corrections in January 2011, after having served as the head of the department of corrections in Missouri for 31 years.

Clements is survived by his wife, Lisa Clements, and his two daughters, Sara and Rachel.

The family released this statement Wednesday afternoon:

"We are thankful for the overwhelming support and concern that we have received in the wake of Tom’s death. Our family has lost a devoted husband and a beloved father. There are no words at this time to describe our grief and loss. We thank our friends and those praying for us here and across the nation. Your well-wishes and prayers bring us strength."

A number of agencies are helping the El Paso Sheriff’s Office, including the Colorado Bureau of Investigations, the district attorney's office, the attorney general's office, the Monument Police Department, the Palmer Lake Police Department and the Department of Corrections.

Anyone with information regarding this vehicle or crime is encouraged to call the Sheriff's Office at 719-390-5555.

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