DENVER (AP) — Two more men connected to a violent white supremacist gang are being sought in connection with the slaying of Colorado’s prisons chief, according to a warning bulletin that’s the first official word other gang members might be involved.
The search comes about two weeks after prison gang member Evan Ebel was killed in a shootout with Texas deputies. He’s a suspect in the killing of Department of Corrections chief Tom Clements on March 19 and of pizza deliveryman Nathan Leon two days earlier.
While it’s not clear whether the gang, the 211 Crew, is linked to the killings, the warning bulletin issued late Wednesday by the El Paso County Sheriff’s Department was the first official indication there might be a tie.
James Lohr, 47, and Thomas Guolee, 31, aren’t being called suspects in Clements’ killing, but their names surfaced during the investigation, El Paso County sheriff’s Lt. Jeff Kramer said. He wouldn’t elaborate.
The two are known associates of the 211 gang, Kramer said.
Both are wanted on warrants unrelated to Clements’ death, and authorities believe they are armed and dangerous.
Ebel is the only suspect that investigators have named in Clements’ killing, but they haven’t given a motive. They have said they’re looking into his connection to the gang he joined while in prison, and whether that was connected to the attack.
Investigators have said the gun Ebel used in the Texas shootout was also used to kill Clements when the prisons chief answered the front door of his Monument home.