Colo. prisons chief killed at home, suspect on the loose

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Video: Colorado corrections chief killed as he opened his door

Colorado Department of Corrections Executive Director Tom Clements

MONUMENT, CO (KUSA) -- Colorado Department of Corrections Executive Director Tom Clements was shot to death at his Monument home Tuesday night. 

Monument is just north of Colorado Springs.

Authorities told 11Alive's Denver sister station KUSA that Clements had been shot in the chest when he answered the door of his home just after 8:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Lt. Jeff Kramer with the El Paso County Sheriff's Office says a family member who was home at the time made the 911 call.

Kramer says they do not have a suspect identified. Although the killer is on the run, authorities said they do not believe the neighborhood or area where the shooting happened is in danger.

The 58-year-old lived on Colonial Park Drive near Higby Road in an upscale neighborhood of large lots northwest of Fox Run Regional Park. He leaves behind a wife and two daughters.

Tom Clements was appointed to serve as the DOC Executive Director by Governor Hickenlooper in January 2011.

As the Executive Director he's responsible for all state and private prisons and parole operations.

Before taking the top job in Colorado he served for 31 years in the Missouri Department of Corrections. The DOC in Colorado is a huge department with more has a $700 million annual budget and some 6,000 employees.

(KUSA Denver)

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