Nightly News   |  March 21, 2013

Police probe Texas link in prison chief killing

Investigators are headed to Texas to see if there are any connections between a man who was involved in a shootout and the killing of the Colorado Department of Corrections chief. NBC’s Kristen Dahlgren reports.

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>>> late word of breaking news this evening there could be a developing in the shooting death of colorado state director of prisons who was killed tuesday night when he opened the front door of his home in monument, colorado , when a gunman opened fire. nbc's kristen dahlgren remains in monument for us tonight. kristen , good evening.

>> reporter: good evening, brian. we have fast-moving developments here today. a man that led texas police on a high-speed chase and shoot-out is now being investigated as a possible suspect in the murder of tom clements here in colorado . as you said, the colorado head of the department of corrections was shot here at his front door on tuesday night. at the time a car was spotted idling in the area. today a car matching that description with colorado plates was involved in a routine traffic stop in texas about ten hours from here. authorities say that's when the driver shot at a deputy. then he led authorities on a high-speed chase before crashing into a big rig . they say he then got out of the car, continued shooting at authorities. he was hit. he's at a texas hospital and is considered brain dead . he hasn't yet been identified. he's described as a white male in his 30s, ballistics tests are being done now on those weapons. colorado authorities are also on their way to texas tonight, brian, to try to see if they can definitively link the two cases.

>> kristen dahlgren with more on that story for us tonight in monument, colorado . kristen , thanks.