Executive Director Tom Clements Colorado Department of Corrections, Colorado End of Watch: Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Executive Director Tom Clements | Colorado Department of Corrections, ColoradoColorado Department of Corrections, Colorado

Executive Director Tom Clements

Colorado Department of Corrections, Colorado
End of Watch: Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Biographical Info

Age: 58
Tour of Duty: 33 years
Badge Number: Not available

Incident Details

Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: March 19, 2013
Weapon Used: Handgun
Suspect Info: Shot and killed

Agency Contact Information

Acting Executive Director
Colorado Department of Corrections
2862 South Circle Drive
Colorado Springs, CO 80906
Phone: (719) 226-4701

Executive Director Tom Clements was assassinated at his home in Monument, Colorado, by a former inmate.
Two days earlier, the subject had murdered a pizza deliveryman in Denver, Colorado, and stole the man’s uniform and pizza carrier. On the night that Director Clements was murdered, the subject had knocked on his door at approximately 8:30 pm. When Director Clements answered the door he was fatally shot before the subject fled the scene.
A deputy sheriff from the Montague County, Texas, Sheriff’s Office attempted to stop the subject’s car for a traffic violation two days later. The subject opened fire on the deputy, wounding him several times, before leading other officers on a chase into neighboring Wise County. During the ensuing shooting the subject was shot and fatally wounded. It was later determined that the subject was a member of a Colorado white supremacist gang known as the 211s.
Director Clements had served with the Colorado Department of Corrections for two years. He had previously served with the Missouri Department of Corrections for over 30 years, and had started his career as a probation officer. He is survived by his wife and two daughters.

Slain Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Corrections Tom Clements oversaw thousands of inmates and employees and had an extensive career in the corrections field.

Clements, 58, overlooked the operations of about 20,000 prison inmates scattered through Colorado’s prison system and he also supervised some 6,000 Dept. of Corrections employees.

Police said the deadly shooting took place after Clements opened the front door of his house at 17420 Colonial Park Drive in Monument at approximately 8:30 p.m. Tuesday. A family member inside the home afterwards called 911 and apparently didn’t see the shooter. The suspect remains at large.

Clements came to Colorado from the Missouri Department of Corrections where he spent more than three decades. He started his career as a parole and probation officer.

“We lured Tom away. He was far and away the best choice we could find anywhere in the country,” said Gov. John Hickenlooper.

Since taking over the Colorado Dept. of Corrections in 2011 he was known as a demanding, data-driven boss but was generally well liked by employees.

However, since taking over, he had angered some veteran employees by having them reapply for their jobs.

Clements also had made some controversial decisions overseeing the closing of a prison in Fort Lyons which angered local residents.

He also denied a request last week by Saudi national Homaidan Al Turki who wanted to serve out the rest of his prison sentence in Saudi Arabia. Clements shut down Al Turki, citing the inmates’ refusal to undergo sex offender treatment.

Clements is survived by his wife Lisa and two daughters.

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1 Response to “Executive Director Tom Clements Colorado Department of Corrections, Colorado End of Watch: Tuesday, March 19, 2013”


  1. 1 V.E.G. April 5, 2013 at 15:14

    Tom Clements is of British origin.


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