Tom Clements, Texas shootout tie? Colorado Corrections chief killing, Texas deputy shooting probed

BOWIE, Texas - The FBI is looking into a possible connection between the murder of Colorado Department of Corrections chief Tom Clements and a chase and shootout in Texas, 7NEWS confirms. El Paso County Sheriff's Investigators will also be traveling to Texas for the investigation.

"The El Paso County Sheriff's Office is cooperating with the FBI and local authorities in Texas to determine if an earlier incident involving a high speed chase is connected to the death investigation of Tom Clements," the sheriff's office wrote in a press release.

A man driving a car with two different Colorado license plates allegedly shot a Montague County deputy in Bowie, Texas on Thursday morning and drove off, according to media reports.

The Times Record News, a Scripps newspaper, reports the incident happened around 11:20 a.m. local time.

Montague County Sheriff Paul Cunningham confirmed to the Times Record News that the wounded deputy was shot three times, once in the head and twice in the chest. He was found lying beside his patrol unit and is in stable condition. 

Law enforcement radio recordings provided by echo that report.

The Wise County Messenger reported that when authorities chased the man, he shot at state troopers,  Wise County sheriff's deputies and a Decatur police officer.

In Decatur, the newspaper reported, the suspect crashed into an eastbound rock hauler at the intersection of U.S. 380 and U.S. 380 Business.

"The suspect wrecked out, jumped out and started another gun battle with deputies and the highway patrol at which time he was shot," Montague County Sheriff Paul Cunningham told ABC News reporter Clayton Sandell.

ABC affiliate WFAA shared video from a helicopter that flew over the scene. It shows a wrecked black car, possibly a Cadillac, that the suspect was driving. The hood of the car had been torn off and the roof partially crushed.

The video also showed the car had Colorado license plates on the front and back, but each had a different number.

Based on the description and the helicopter video, the vehicle would appear to match the description of the vehicle of interest El Paso County deputies were seeking in connection with the shooting murder of Colorado Department of Corrections Director Tom Clements.

The driver of the Cadillac taken to a hospital in nearby Fort Worth.

"We don't have any confirmation at this time whether there was a connection between this incident and the one in Colorado," Cunningham cautioned, but later added that Colorado was involved in the investigation.

Investigators trying to solve the murder of Colorado prison executive Tom Clements are leaning toward the theory he was specifically targeted, ABC News has learned, but stress they cannot completely rule out a random shooting.

"It appears at this point in time that Mr. Clements was obviously the target of this homicide," El Paso County Undersheriff Paula Presley said in an interview with ABC News.

Clements was killed at about 8:30 p.m. Tuesday when he answered the door at his house in the 17400 block of Colonial Park Drive, according to El Paso County Sheriff's Lt. Jeff Kramer.

A source familiar with the investigation told CALL7 Investigator Theresa Marchetta the interaction at the doorway lasted for a matter of minutes before Clements was shot. There also may have been a struggle, the source said.

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