Missouri officials mourn loss of Tom Clements in Colorado

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A former prison official who was shot and killed had a three-decade career in Missouri before taking the top corrections job in Colorado.

Tom Clements began his career in 1979 as a probation and parole officer in St. Louis. In 2007, he became Missouri's director of Adult Institutions, where he oversaw the state's 20 adult correctional facilities. He held that post until 2011 when he left for Colorado.

Larry Crawford, the former director of Missouri's Department of Corrections who promoted Clements in 2007, says he was "distraught" at Clements' death. He added that Clements was a "competent and caring" person.

Clements was shot Tuesday at his home outside Colorado Springs. Police were searching for the gunman Wednesday.

In an emailed statement, Gov. Jay Nixon called the shooting a "heartbreaking tragedy."


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