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Tom Clements Murder Investigation: Possible Link Between Man In Black Car, Texas Shootout And Prisons Chief Slaying

03/21/2013 05:03 pm ET | Updated Mar 21, 2013

A man driving a black Cadillac with Colorado plates who was involved in a shootout on Thursday morning in Texas is being investigated by the FBI for possible involvement in the killing of Colorado Department of Corrections chief Tom Clements at his Monument, Colo. home Tuesday night.

The black car involved in the shootout matches descriptions of a dark colored, boxy "90s model" Cadillac or Lincoln that was spotted idling near Clements' home just before the shooting, Fox31 reports.

The Denver Post reports that the man involved in the shooting was driving the car around 100 miles per hour, shooting out the windows at officers.

Texas-based Times Record News reports that the shootout took place around 11:20 a.m. and that the shooter wounded local deputy identified as James Boyd, shooting him three times, once in the head and twice in the chest.

The Wise County Messenger reports that the suspect then crashed his car into a semi-truck rock hauler. After crashing into the 18-wheeler, the suspect attempted to flee on foot. “At that time he leaped out of his vehicle and opened fire on deputies," Decatur Police Chief Rex Hoskins told the Wise County Messenger. "They returned fire and the suspect hit the ground.”

The suspect was described as a white male in his 30s. He was transfered to a local hospital in critical condition.

Authorities have not said why they believe there could be a connection between the Texas shootout and the slaying of Clements and police have not confirmed that this car involved in the Texas shootout and chase is involved in anyway with the shooting in Colorado, according to 9News.

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DECATUR, Texas -- A man who could be linked to the slaying of Colorado's state prison chief is likely to die after being shot by Texas authorities after a harrowing car chase.

Wise County Sheriff David Walker says the man is still unidentified, and says the suspect is "basically legally dead," although he remains hooked to equipment for organ harvesting.

He was stopped while driving a black Cadillac with Colorado plates that matched the description of a vehicle spotted outside the house of Tom Clements shortly before he was fatally shot Tuesday.

The driver opened fire on the deputy who pulled him over. He then led authorities on a 100-mph chase that ended when he crashed into a semi, left his car and opened fire on his pursuers.

Walker says Colorado investigators are heading to Texas to determine whether he is connected to Clements' killing.

Clements was shot dead in his home in Monument after he answered a knock at his front door around 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday night. 7News reports that the interaction at the doorway only lasted minutes and there may have been a struggle. Police have said that it appears as if Clements was targeted in the slaying.

Clements is survived by his wife, Lisa, and two daughters, Rachel and Sara. A public memorial service for Clements is set for Monday morning in Colorado Springs.

This is a developing story...

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