Man killed in Texas named suspect in Colo. slaying

Evan Spencer Ebel was shot and killed by police in Texas. Investigators say evidence from the scene provides a "strong, strong lead" in the slaying of Tom Clements, director of the Colorado Department of Corrections.

DENVER — Investigators are saying for the first time that a man who was killed in a gunfight with Texas authorities is a suspect in the shooting death of Colorado's state prison system chief.

El Paso County sheriff's spokesman Lt. Jeff Kramer said Saturday that evidence gathered in Texas after the death of Evan Spencer Ebel provides a "strong, strong lead" in the slaying of Tom Clements, director of the Colorado Department of Corrections.

Kramer stressed that investigators have not yet confirmed a link between Ebel and Clements' death.

Texas shootout victim ID'd: Paroled inmate Evan Spencer Ebel. Ebel, 28, is the man who led Texas authorities on a 100 mph car chase that ended in a shootout Thursday. IMAGEAP Photo: Colorado Department of Corrections

Clements was shot Tuesday night when he answered the door of his home in a rural area north of Colorado Springs.

Ebel, who was paroled from a Colorado prison in January, was fatally shot by authorities in Texas on Thursday.

Related: Colo. Corrections Dept. chief shot, killed at home

__

MSN News on Facebook and Twitter

Stay up to date on breaking news and current events.

Friend us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/news.msn

Follow us on Twitter: www.twitter.com/msnnews