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Alleged white supremacist arrested in connection with Colorado prison chief's death

Undated booking photo of James Lohr released by the El Paso County Sheriff's Office in Colorado
Undated booking photo of James Lohr released by the El Paso County Sheriff's Office in ColoradoEl Paso County Sheriff's Office

Colorado authorities have arrested a man who was sought for questioning in the slaying of the state's top prisons official.

James Lohr, 47, was arrested by Colorado Springs police, Lt. Jeff Kramer of the El Paso County Sheriff's Office confirmed Friday morning. Lohr and Thomas Guolee, 31, another man sought by police, are thought to have connections to the 211 Crew, a white supremacist gang formed in Colorado prisons in the mid-1990s.

The only suspect authorities have named in Clements' death, ex-convict Evan Ebel, is also thought to have had connections to the 211 Crew. Ebel, 28, was killed in a shootout with Texas deputies two days after Clements' death.

The sheriff's office said Lohr was arrested about 3:25 a.m. (5:25 a.m. ET) after he led Colorado Springs police on a short car chase and then fled on foot. He was being held on $250,000 bond pending a court appearance Monday on a felony charge of eluding law enforcement and on three unrelated outstanding warrants.

The head of the state Corrections Department, Tom Clements, was gunned down March 19, apparently while answering the doorbell at his home in Monument, Colo.

Police are still on the lookout for Guolee, who has been called armed and dangerous.


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