Mo. not yet involved in Colorado investigation

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri officials said Thursday the state is not yet involved in Colorado’s investigation into the killing of its corrections director.

Tom Clements was shot Tuesday night when he answered the front door of his home north of Colorado Springs.

The spokeswoman for the Missouri Corrections Department, Mandi Steele, said in an emailed statement that the department is not currently involved in any formal investigations but has notified Colorado authorities it would be willing to help if needed.

The Missouri Highway Patrol also said it has told Colorado investigators it would assist in the investigation if asked. The gunman was still at large Thursday.

Clements, 58, worked in Missouri’s prison system for more than 30 years, starting as a probation and parole officer in St. Louis. After working his way up to chief state supervisor for probation and parole, Clements was named the head of the state’s 21 adult correctional facilities in 2007.

He left Missouri in 2011 to become executive director of the Colorado Department of Corrections.

Clements received both a bachelor’s degree in sociology and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Missouri-Columbia. While working for the Missouri Corrections Department, Clements lived in Columbia with his psychologist wife and two daughters.

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