White supremacist suspected of killing Colorado official brain dead after Texas shootout

By Stephen C. Webster
Friday, March 22, 2013 8:46 EDT
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Colorado shooting suspect Evan Spencer Ebel. Photo: Screenshot via CBS News.
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A white supremacist ex-convict suspected of killing Colorado’s top prison official is brain dead and on life support after being shot in the head during a rampage in Texas that left one officer seriously injured, according to CBS News.

Evan Spencer Ebel, 28, was spotted in Montague County, Texas driving a Cadillac matching a description of one spotted near the home of Colorado corrections chief Tom Clements on the night he was murdered. When Deputy James Boyd tried to pull him over, the Ebel allegedly opened fire, shooting Boyd three times.

The high-speed chase that ensued ended with Ebel wrecking his Cadillac and exchanging more gunfire with police at a busy intersection in Decatur, Texas, less than an hour north of Fort Worth. He was shot in the head during the exchange and remains on life support.

The Denver Post reported that Ebel is a member of a Colorado white supremacist prison gang called the 211s, named after a Colorado police criminal code for theft. Police are investigating whether the gang ordered him to murder Clements, noting Ebel’s criminal record includes a charge of assaulting a corrections officer.

A Domino’s Pizza uniform and empty pizza box in the vehicle also led authorities to suspect that Ebel may have been involved in the murder of Nathan Leon, a delivery driver who was found dead recently in Golden, Colorado. Police sources told Fox31 Denver that the disguise may have been used to trick Clements into opening his front door.

This video is from “CBS This Morning,” aired Friday, March 22, 2013.

Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
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