Head of Colorado Department of Corrections killed in Monument home

Tom Clements (Photo: Colorado Department of Corrections)

Tom Clements (Photo: Colorado Department of Corrections)

MONUMENT, Colo. — The Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Corrections, Tom Clements, was killed in his Monument home Tuesday night.

The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call of a shooting shortly after 8:30 p.m. in the 17400 block of Colonial Park Drive at the home of Clements, who was appointed to serve as head of the DOC by Governor John Hickenlooper in January 2011.

Clements came to Colorado from Missouri, where he spent 31 years with the Department of Corrections in that state.

Police say there was a knock on Clements door around 8:30 p.m., and that when Clements answered it, he was shot and killed.

Police have not given any description of a suspect, but multiple reports out of Colorado Springs indicate that the individual responsible for Clements’ death is still at large.

In a letter to DOC employees early Wednesday morning, Hickenlooper confirmed that the 58-year-old had been killed.

“We have no more details than that,” Hickenlooper wrote. “I am so sad. I have never worked with a better person than Tom, and I can’t imagine our team without him. … As your Executive Director, he helped change and improve DOC in two years more than most people could do in eight years.”

Shortly after sending the letter, Hickenlooper ordered to flags to be lowered to half-staff at all public buildings statewide Wednesday, until the day after Clements funeral.

Clements is survived by his wife, Lisa, and two daughters. It was also yet to be confirmed as of 5:30 a.m. Friday morning if any members of Clements’ family were in the house when he was killed.