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Sources: Man in Texas shootout member of prison gang

9:52 PM, Mar 21, 2013   |    comments
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DENVER - 9Wants to Know sources have confirmed the identity of a Texas high speed chase suspect who has now become the focus of two Colorado murder investigations.

Paroled prison inmate Evan Spencer Ebel, 28, led authorities on a harrowing, 100-mph car chase near Bowie, Texas Thursday that ended after he crashed into a semi and then opened fire before being shot down by his pursuers, authorities said.

Colorado authorities are heading to Texas to investigate the possibility that Ebel may have murdered Colorado prison chief Tom Clements Tuesday and Domino's pizza driver Nathan Leon on Sunday.

Legal records show Ebel was convicted of several crimes in Colorado dating back to 2003, including assaulting a prison guard in 2008. He apparently was paroled, but Colorado Department of Corrections spokeswoman Alison Morgan said she could not release information on prisoners because of the ongoing investigation into Tom Clements' death.

Sources told 9Wants to Know that Ebel was recruited into the white supremacist gang, the 211s, while in prison.

9NEWS first reported on the 211 crew prison gang in 2005. There is a thick stack of indictments against gang members for attempted murder, bribing or tampering with witnesses, solicitation to commit murder, and criminal impersonation.

One of the most famous members of the group was Jeremiah Barnum. He was an accessory to the murder of an African immigrant Oumar Dia in 1997. Just a year ago, Barnum died when Englewood Police shot and killed him during a confrontation.

9NEWS Legal Analyst Scott Robinson represented the then 18-year-old Ebel in a robbery case.

Robinson said he knew Ebel before he got in trouble. He said Ebel was raised by a single father and had a younger sister who died in a car accident years ago.

He told 9NEWS that he was shocked to hear that his former client may be connected to the two murders.

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