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Old 03-20-2013, 05:56 AM
 
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Yikes. When's the last time Colorado had a political assassination?

Tom Clements, director of the Colorado Department of Corrections, killed in his home

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"Last night, Tom Clements was killed at his home in Monument. I can hardly believe it, let alone write words to describe it," Hickenlooper said in the statement, which was sent to employees of the Department of Corrections.
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Old 03-20-2013, 06:09 AM
 
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This is indeed tragic news. How do we know it was a politicaly motivated act?
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Old 03-20-2013, 06:23 AM
 
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The motive seems to be unknown so far, but when a political official is targeted and murdered while in office, it is usually still called an "assassination" anyway, regardless of why the murder was carried out. Sweden's foreign affairs minister was stabbed to death by a psychotic Serbian man back in 2003, and that murder is often still called an assassination.
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Old 03-20-2013, 08:24 AM
 
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This post should be moved to the politics forum Mike.
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Old 03-20-2013, 08:26 AM
 
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Why? Is this not Colorado news?! I'm sure it is and we don't know it was political at all!
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Old 03-20-2013, 08:58 AM
 
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I agree. Hickenlooper is talking about Tom now and how this affects the whole state and the political community as well.

I think he lived in the Monument area but worked in Denver.

Being the head of DOC, he was my cousin's boss, whom works throughout the state but lives in Pueblo county as I do.

There may have been a lead as to the suspect's car... a boxy dark 1990s car. It's an ongoing investigation

The poor guy was set to retire after serving 31 years of duty in Kansas City.

Tom was active in trying to help the Ft. Lyons community transition to alternative uses for recent DOC closing.

If there is any political link to this, that will be of interest to the state of Colorado as well.

To put this post in the P&OC subforum would in effect just bury it. I don't think that's a good idea at all.
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Old 03-20-2013, 09:08 AM
 
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I'm with McGowdog on this. This isn't political or controversial. This is news. And very sad news at that.

I get Fox31 news over here, they've been all over this story. Am watching Jim Spellman of El Paso County on the tube right now being interviewed by CNN.

And El Paso County law enforcement is asking for the public's help on this as well.
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Old 03-20-2013, 09:39 AM
 
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From what I read it sounds very targeted and not a random thing, so I am sure there is more to the story. Often times these cases end up with the murderer being someone who knows the victim and has an axe to grind. And since he was a cop from Kansas City, it could have something to do with something from back there.

If it is someone who targeted him, then it's an example of why you should minimize your personal information being out there online with bios, Linkedin, Facebook, national id cards stamped on your forehead, etc. Not to say that was the case here, but something to think about.

I'm also a believer in not answering the door unless you can see or know who it is, especially at night.
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Old 03-20-2013, 03:14 PM
 
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I may move it to the True Crime forum, but I'll let it run a while here. May not move it at all, even though it's not about re-lo, it does seems a really local issue. If there's a Kansas City link to this, that may tip my hand to move it.

Latest reports indicate the suspect car was seen on local roads just after the shooting, which causes the Sherlock Holmes in my to posit two theories:
- Perp wanted to avoid I-25 for fear of police nabbing him/her.
- Perp lives locally and was hoping to get home before anyone saw him/her.

My guess is that it was either a jilted husband/lover; or a disgruntled employee; or a disgruntled former prisoner/family member.
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Old 03-20-2013, 03:21 PM
 
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My bet, passive aggressive employee.
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