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Tom Clements Death: James Lohr, member of white supremacist gang, arrested in Colorado prison chief murder, authorities say

This combo made from photos released by the El Paso County, Colo., Sheriff's office shows Thomas James Guolee, 31, left, and James Franklin Lohr, 47, who are wanted for questioning in the Tom Clements homicide investigation. Lohr is described as 6 feet tall, 160 pounds, with blond hair, brown eyes and several tattoos. Guolee is a 31 year old male described as 5 feet 9 inches tall, 160 pounds, with blond hair, blue eyes and several tattoos. (AP Photo/El Paso Sheriff) Uncredited

James Lohr
AP Photo/El Paso Sheriff

(CBS/AP) DENVER - A member of a white supremacist gang was arrested early Friday in connection to the killing of Colorado's prisons chief who was shot answering the door of his home last month, authorities said.

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James Lohr, 47, was taken into custody for questioning in the killing of Colorado Corrections Director Tom Clements, El Paso County sheriff's spokesman Jeff Kramer said. It's unclear if Lohr was charged.

Authorities believe that Lohr was in contact with gang associate Evan Ebel days before the slayings of Clements and pizza delivery man Nate Leon. Police said they believe Ebel killed Leon and Clements before he was killed in a shootout in Texas. The motive in the killings isn't clear.

Clements was shot to death on March 19 and Leon was killed two days earlier.

KRDO-TV reported that Lohr was arrested by Colorado Springs police after a short foot chase that started when police tried to stop a car.

Authorities issued an alert Wednesday asking other law enforcement agencies to be on the lookout for Lohr and 31-year-old Thomas Guolee, who were identified as two known associates of the same gang linked to Ebel.

Lohr and Guolee were not called suspects in Clement's death, but their names surfaced during the investigation, Kramer said. He wouldn't elaborate. Both were wanted on warrants unrelated to the Clements investigation.

Guolee is a parolee who served time for intimidating a witness and giving a pawnbroker false information, among other charges, court records show. Lohr was being sought on warrants out of Las Animas County for a bail violation and a violation of a protection order, according to court records.

Lohr and Guolee are known associates of the 211 Crew, the same gang that was linked to Ebel, Kramer said.

On Thursday, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper announced a sweeping review of the state's prison and parole operations as more evidence piled up showing how Ebel slipped through the cracks in the criminal justice system to become a suspect in the killing of the state's prisons chief.

Ebel was released from prison four years early due to a clerical error and violated his parole terms five days before Clements was killed.

Officials said the state will now audit inmates' legal cases to ensure they are serving the correct amount of time. They will also ask the National Institute of Corrections to review the state's parole system, which is struggling under large caseloads.

Ebel was killed in a shootout with Texas authorities after the Colorado deaths. Investigators said the gun Ebel used in the shootout was also used to kill Clements when the prisons chief answered the front door of his home in Monument.

Ebel is the only suspect that investigators have named in Clements' death. They said they're looking into his connection to the gang he joined while in prison, and whether that was connected to the attack.

"Investigators are looking at a lot of different possibilities. We are not stepping out and saying it's a hit or it's not a hit. We're looking at all possible motives," Kramer said Wednesday.

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