Authorities are working to see if suspect is linked to the killing of Colorado's prison chief
FBI looking for possible evidence linking him to the January slaying of a Texas prosecutor
Suspect Evan Spencer Ebel, 28, was fatally shot in the head after a car chase in Texas
Days after he led police in a wild car chase that ended in a hail of gunfire, authorities are investigating the driver’s links to two Colorado killings. And whether he has ties to a third shooting, in Texas, earlier this year.
Suspect Evan Spencer Ebel, 28, was fatally shot in the head Thursday after he opened fire on the deputies chasing him in in Montague County, Texas.
Investigators have found evidence linking him to the slaying of a Colorado prison chief and a pizza delivery driver this week.
And the FBI is looking for possible evidence linking the January slaying of Kaufman County prosecutor Mark Hasse to Tuesday’s killing of Colorado prison chief Tom Clements at a Denver suburb.
“This is part of routine investigative work when two crimes occur under somewhat similar circumstances,” the Kaufman County Sheriffs Office said in a statement Friday. ” If any link is found, or a possible link is disproven, that information will be released at the appropriate time.”
In an affidavit, Texas authorities detailed what they believe links him to the prison chief’s killing.
Of key focus in the affidavit is a 1991 black Cadillac that authorities say Ebel was driving in a wild, high-speed chase Thursday that saw the 28-year-old open fire on sheriff’s deputies before slamming into an 18-wheeler, climbing out of the wreckage and opening fire again.
Of key focus in the affidavit is a 1991 black Cadillac authorities say the suspect was driving in a wild, high-speed chase Thursday. He opened fire on sheriff’s deputies before slamming into an 18-wheeler, climbing out of the wreckage and opening fire again.
On Friday, the wreckage of the Cadillac was under intense scrutiny after witnesses reported a similar vehicle – a black, boxy car with Colorado license plates – near the Monument, Colorado, house of Clements on Tuesday, the day he was killed.
Among the links in the cases, according to the affidavit, are shell casings from a 9mm handgun found at Clements house. They are the same brand and caliber used in the shooting of a Wise County, Texas, sheriff’s deputy, it said.
Pizza box carrier
Boyd, who had on a bullet-proof vest, managed to call for help and tell law enforcement which way Ebel was driving. The deputy remains hospitalized at a Dallas-Fort Worth area hospital.
In the Cadillac’s trunk was a Domino’s Pizza box carrier and a Dominos uniform jacket, it said.
They are investigating the killing of 27-year-old Nathan Collin Leon, a Domino’s Pizza deliveryman in Denver.
They are investigating the killing of Nathan Collin Leon, 27, a Domino’s Pizza deliveryman in Denver. Leon disappeared from work Sunday and was found dead in the Denver suburb of Golden.
Denver investigators tell CNN there is a “strong connection” between the killings of Leon and Clements.
Did Ebel kill a pizza deliveryman to get a hold of his uniform as part of an effort to disguise himself? Did he target Clements because of the prison chief’s crackdown on white supremacist gangs in prison? Was he part of a wider conspiracy to kill Clements? Or was it something else?
Since Tuesday, investigators looking into Clements’ killing have told reporters they are considering numerous angles.
One is that Ebel, a former member of the 211s – a white-supremacist prison gang – might have conspired with other inmates to kill Clements, Paula Presley of the El Paso County, Colorado, sheriff’s department said.
Clements earned widespread recognition for not only prison reforms but for a crackdown on prison gangs, including the 211s.
Citing media coverage of the shooting and its possible connection with the the 211s, authorities locked down Colorado’s prisons on Friday, said state Department of Corrections spokeswoman Alison Morgan.
Lengthy prison record
In 2003, at the age of 18, Evan Ebel was charged with felony armed robbery after brandishing a gun and threatening to kill a man unless he handed over his wallet, court documents show.
Ebel pleaded guilty to the charge and was sentenced to three years in prison, serving just over a year.
Just months after his release, he was arrested again. This time for felony menacing, robbery and assault. He pleaded guilty to those charges in 2005 and was sentenced to another three years in prison.
In 2006, while in prison, Ebel was charged with assaulting a detention officer, records show. He pleaded guilty and received an additional four years on his sentence.
Ebel served his entire sentence and was given mandatory parole on January 28, 2013, according to the state Department of Corrections.
CNN’s Jim Spellman reported from Colorado and Ed Lavandera from Texas, and Chelsea J. Carter reported and wrote from Atlanta. CNN’s Ashley Fantz and Drew Griffin contributed to this report.