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Gov. Hickenlooper: ‘Caught In A Nightmare’

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Gov. John Hickenlooper talks about recent events on CNN (credit: CBS)

Gov. John Hickenlooper talks about recent events on CNN (credit: CBS)

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DENVER (CBS4)- Gov. John Hickenlooper said he is still reeling from the events of the past week involving the slaying of the Colorado prisons chief and the death of the suspect in that murder, the child of an old friend.

Evan Ebel, a known white supremacist and parolee from Colorado was killed in a shootout with deputies in Texas. He has since been connected to the murder of Tom Clements, the executive director of the Colorado Department of Corrections. Clements was gunned down at his home in Monument on Tuesday night.

Shells found at the shootout scene in Texas were of the same 9mm type as those discovered at Clements’ home. A Domino’s pizza uniform and pizza carrier in the trunk of the Cadillac Ebel was driving link him to the murder of Nathan Leon, a pizza delivery man who was found murdered March 17 in Golden.

Evan Ebel (credit: Dept. of Corrections)

Evan Ebel (credit: Dept. of Corrections)

Investigators are trying to find a motive for Clements’ murder.

For Hickenlooper the crimes linked a friend in his cabinet, Clements, with a family he’s known a very long time. Hickenlooper worked with Jack Ebel, Evan Ebel’s father, when he was a geologist.

Tom Clements (credit: State of Colorado)

Tom Clements (credit: State of Colorado)

Hickenlooper said he’s still reeling from how all the events unfolded, “I mean the whole week was… I sort of felt like I was caught in a nightmare I couldn’t wake up from. All these things kept happening that were to people that I loved and they didn’t seem to be connected in any way. To me the emotional toll has been much deeper than worrying about security.”

Hickenlooper said he called Jack Ebel as soon as he found out Ebel’s son may have been involved.

Jack Ebel with son Evan Ebel (credit: CBS)

Jack Ebel with son Evan Ebel (credit: CBS)

Hickenlooper said Evan Ebel always seemed to have a streak of cruelty and anger.

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