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Texas gunman ID'd, may be linked to Colorado slayings

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DECATUR, Texas -

Shell casings from a shootout with a white supremacist Colorado parolee in Texas are the same make and caliber as those found at the home of Colorado's prison chief after he was killed, according to authorities.

The man who shot and wounded a Montague County Sheriff's deputy and led Wise County authorities on a high-speed chase died overnight.

The news came Friday morning as evidence continued to mount that the suspect, 28-year-old Evan Spencer Ebel, is linked to the recent murders in Colorado of a state official and a pizza delivery driver.

Denver police said Friday morning that Ebel is a suspect in the death of pizza deliveryman.

According to the Denver Post, Ebel belongs to a white supremacist prison gang. He is apparently a parolee from the Denver area. He allegedly assaulted a prison guard in 2006 and has a criminal record, according to the newspaper.

Ebel shot Montague County Deputy James Boyd when he pulled over the Cadillac for a traffic stop on Highway 287 just outside Bowie.
Deputy Boyd had no idea at that time the Cadillac was possibly the suspect vehicle in the two Colorado murders. The Montague County Sheriff's Office says Deputy Boyd walked up to the car and Ebel shot him three times, twice in the chest and one bullet grazed the side of his head. Deputy Boyd was wearing a protective vest.
That's when the movie-like pursuit began.

Ebel led Wise County deputies and DPS troopers on a chase and shootout through Montague and Wise counties. Investigators say Ebel was shooting back at patrol cars.
"When he came by me he was I would say probably running about a hundred miles an hour and just had his left arm out the window and was just shooting, he shot four times when he passed by my car," said  Decatur Police Chief Rex Hoskins.

One Wise County Sheriff's vehicle was hit.

The chase ended in Decatur where Ebel rear ended a rock hauler.  Detectives say he climbed out of the wreckage then again opened fire on Texas Highway Patrol and Deputies. They fired back, and he was shot. He later died at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth.

"It didn't look like he wanted to be caught or be taken alive one way or the other, that was obvious when he got out and started shooting at the deputies," said  Decatur Police Chief Rex Hoskins.

Immediately there were links made to the suspect and the murder earlier this week of Colorado Department of Corrections Director Tom Clements.
The Cadillac had two different Colorado plates and was tied to the Clements murder.
Sources tell FOX4 there was a pizza delivery uniform found in the Cadillac.
Colorado authorities say just days before Clements was killed, pizza delivery man Nathan Collin Leon was shot dead in a Denver suburb.

The man who killed Clements apparently wore a pizza delivery uniform to coax the Corrections Department Official to his front door where he was shot.

Colorado investigators are in Texas to help with the case.

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