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Suspect in Colorado Killing Is Shot in Texas


Society & Culture  (tags: americans, crime, culture, law, murder, police, politics, safety, society )

Kit
- 391 days ago - nytimes.com
Law enforcement officials said the man in the Cadillac opened fire on a sheriff's deputy from Montague County, Tex., and then sped off, heading south at 100 miles per hour.



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Kit B. (277)
Friday March 22, 2013, 5:06 am
Police and sheriff’s officers at the scene of the crash in Decatur, Tex., on Thursday.
Jimmy Alford/Wise County Messenger, via Associated Press


DENVER — A paroled Colorado inmate grievously wounded after a gun battle and high-speed chase with Texas law-enforcement officers on Thursday is suspected of being tied to the killing of the head of Colorado’s prison system.

Sheriff David Walker of Wise County, Tex., said the authorities had tentatively identified the suspect as Evan Spencer Ebel, 28. Court records in Colorado show that Mr. Ebel has a criminal history dating to 2003, including convictions for robbery, weapons charges and assault. He was on parole in the Denver area.

Sheriff Walker said the authorities were hoping to use fingerprint matches to confirm the suspect’s identity. He said Texas officials also planned to speak with Colorado investigators about Mr. Ebel’s possible involvement with a white supremacist prison gang.

The man believed to be Mr. Ebel was being kept alive by artificial means late Thursday.

He was pulled over about 65 miles northwest of Dallas at 11 a.m. on Thursday. He was driving a black Cadillac with Colorado license plates that matched the description of a car that had been spotted near the Monument, Colo., home of Tom Clements, executive director of Colorado’s Department of Corrections, shortly before he was shot to death while answering his front door about 8:40 p.m. on Tuesday.

Law enforcement officials said the man in the Cadillac opened fire on a sheriff’s deputy from Montague County, Tex., and then sped off, heading south at 100 miles per hour. When police and sheriff’s officers from nearby Wise County tried to stop him he fired out of the car’s window, striking at least two cruisers.

He then crashed into an 18-wheel tractor-trailer, which crumpled the Cadillac like a tin can. The man jumped out of the car armed with a handgun and fired at officers until he was shot, officials said.

“He didn’t look like he wanted to be caught or taken alive,” Police Chief Rex Hoskins of Decatur, Tex., the Wise County seat, said at a news conference.

The authorities in Texas said the man could be connected with Mr. Clements’s death and a number of other killings in Colorado. They did not provide any other details.

Investigators from Colorado were heading to Texas on Thursday night.
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Angelika R. (143)
Friday March 22, 2013, 5:38 pm
hm, any news on this in the meantime? I can't see how he could even get out his car after being crushed by the 18-wheeler he ran into..
 

Kit B. (277)
Friday March 22, 2013, 6:25 pm

Nope, not online. Maybe on TV. I know it's an ongoing investigation.
 

Veronica C. (42)
Saturday March 23, 2013, 7:59 am
I'm glad that one is off the streets.
 

Allan Yorkowitz (460)
Saturday March 23, 2013, 10:05 am
Not to make light of this story, but do all manics have three names? I swear, Lee Harvey Oswald set this trend in 1963...
 

Kit B. (277)
Saturday March 23, 2013, 10:26 am

Most of us have three names, but after President Reagan was shot, some bright reporter talked about the occurrence of three names. That began a use of all three (first, middle and last) of murders and assassins. What was Ted Bundy's middle name? Charles Mason? Did all of these men really read "Catcher In The Rye"?
 

Frank S. (435)
Saturday March 23, 2013, 10:49 am
Why are so many people dishonoring the gift of life? Isn't it enough that we are already fighting against diseases, violent people, and the dissolution of the biosphere? There is too much selfishness in the world at present and not enough mercy and kindness, or love for other human beings, animals, or the earth.
 

Beth M. (249)
Saturday March 23, 2013, 11:34 am
I don't feel sorry for him and I won 't apologize for my opinion.
 

Jeremy S. (2)
Saturday March 23, 2013, 1:46 pm
All guns bring about is more killing...enough already!
 

Jeremy S. (2)
Saturday March 23, 2013, 1:48 pm
Um, not that I'm dismissing the magnitude of his crimes, only saying that without guns neither killing would have been so easy.
 

Mary Donnelly (44)
Saturday March 23, 2013, 2:04 pm
Interesting post--thanks Kit.
 

Carmen S. (606)
Saturday March 23, 2013, 2:36 pm
thanks Kit, it's good he is no longer a threat to other people
 

tiffany t. (148)
Saturday March 23, 2013, 2:47 pm
the brutality of our society
 

Birgit W. (135)
Saturday March 23, 2013, 3:39 pm
Noted
 

marie tc (164)
Saturday March 23, 2013, 5:32 pm
Noted
 

Winn Adams (178)
Saturday March 23, 2013, 6:35 pm
noted
 

Barbara K. (87)
Saturday March 23, 2013, 7:19 pm
I'm so glad they caught this killer so fast. Sharp police work in Texas.
 

janet f. (29)
Saturday March 23, 2013, 7:48 pm
And why are they keeping him alive?
 

JL A. (269)
Saturday March 23, 2013, 7:58 pm
The title made me think in TX law enforcement are permitted to shoot all speeders...
 

Helmut H. (30)
Sunday March 24, 2013, 8:39 am
Noted and shared.
 

Anna M. (18)
Sunday March 24, 2013, 9:22 am
well, one thing about Texas, the law there sure does know how to kill things
 

Kathy Niell (63)
Monday March 25, 2013, 11:58 am
This piece of human garbage got what he deserved. Maybe they will harvest his organs so his will finally have some use to society!
 
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