WICHITA FALLS, Tex. - Sheriff's deputies confirmed that they are investigating whether the person who shot and killed the head of Colorado's prisons may have been going to Tom Clements' home under the guise of buying his bike.
The FBI is also looking into a possible connection between the murder of Clements in the doorway of his Monument, Colo., home Tuesday and a chase and shootout in Texas that left a deputy shot, according to Scripps station KMGH-TV and the Times Record News, a Scripps newspaper in Wichita Falls, Texas.
A man driving a car with Colorado license plates allegedly shot a Montague County deputy in Bowie, Texas, on Thursday morning and drove off, according to the Times Record News.
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. He was reportedly in stable condition, his life possibly saved by body armor.
That shooting came on the same day that a reporter for Scripps station KMGH-TV in Denver found a Craigslist.org posting for a Kona Hei Hei 29er for sale. The listing was posted on Tuesday, the day Clements was shot after opening the front door of his house. The ad offered the high-end bike for sale for $1,200. The posting lists "Tom" as the contact person, as well as a phone number that was tracked to Clements.
Sources close to the investigation told KMGH-TV Wednesday that Clements' might have had a pre-arranged meeting with the person who came to his door Tuesday night.
Deputies, who didn't have permission to speak on the record with the media, told reporters that it would be unusual for someone to answer the door that time of night in a rural area.
It also might explain, the deputies said, why Clements' wife, who made the 911 call after her husband was shot, didn't know the person who rang the doorbell.
The Craigslist.org posting for the bike was not the only one apparently connected to Clements. He also had advertised some fencing material for sale days earlier. That posting has since been deleted, but it also could provide leads for investigators, who are trying to determine who killed Clements, authorities said.
An El Paso County, Colo., Sheriff's Office spokesman said investigators are aware of the posting and are looking into it.
Law enforcement is also investigating whether Clements' denial of a request last week by a Saudi national to serve out the remainder of a Colorado prison sentence in Saudi Arabia might have a connection to his killing.