Associate of suspected Colorado prison chief killer arrested
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Colorado Springs police have arrested a man who authorities want to question in relation to the March shooting death of prison chief Tom Clements.
James Lohr, who police said is a member of a white supremacist prison gang, is an associate of Evan Ebel, the man suspected of killing Clements, Lt. Jeff Kramer of the El Paso County, Colorado, sheriff’s department said.
Lohr had multiple misdemeanor warrants out for his arrest, and it was not immediately clear if he is facing new charges.
In addition to Lohr, police were on the lookout for another Ebel associate, Thomas Guolee, 31.
Meanwhile, authorities were questioning another two people associated with Ebel, who a source close to the investigation declined to name.
Police want to question Lohr and Guolee — whom police described as associates of the white supremacist 211 Crew gang — in relation to the death of Clements. Ebel, the man suspected of shooting the chief, was also a 211 Crew member. He died in a shootout with Texas deputies.
The other two men, brought in for questioning in recent days by El Paso County authorities, are also 211 Crew members, the source said. Both associated with Ebel in the days before Clements’ death, the source said, and at least one is a parolee.
Authorities have also served a search warrant related to one of them, the source said. The source declined to say what the warrant named.
Investigators have said they were looking into whether Ebel might have conspired with other inmates to kill Clements.
Clements was widely recognized for cracking down on prison gangs, including the 211 Crew.
Ebel also is suspected in the killing of part-time pizza deliveryman Nathan Leon.
Authorities have speculated Ebel might have killed Leon for his uniform so he could use it as a disguise in the killing of Clements, who was gunned down on March 19 after he opened his front door.
Due to a clerical error, Ebel had been released early on parole, which he later violated.
He had been sentenced to eight years in prison in 2005 for armed robbery. In 2008, he was sentenced to another four years — to be served consecutively — for punching a prison guard.
Two days after Clements was killed, Ebel died in northern Texas in a gun battle with authorities that left a sheriff’s deputy wounded.
CNN’s Jim Spellman, Mayra Cuevas and Cristy Lenz contributed to this report.