The suspect is still said to be on the loose in the shooting death of Tom Clements, the Executive Director of the Department of Corrections in Colorado.

Few details are known but CBS4 in Denver, Colorado is reporting that officials are confirming the death of Clements, who was found shot in his home in Black Forest, Colorado.  The Black Forest / Monument area is near Colorado Springs.  Governor John Hickenlooper is expected to make a statement this morning.

Photo: Colorado Department of Corrections Website

They have posted the following statement, a copy of which was e-mailed to their newsroom last night:

March 20,2013

To: Employees of the Department of Corrections

Last night, Tom Clements was killed at his home in Monument. I can hardly believe it, let alone write words to describe it.

As your Executive Director, he helped change and improve DOC in two years more than most people could do in eight years. He was unfailingly kind and thoughtful, and sought the “good” in any situation. As you all know, in corrections that is not easy.

We have no more details than that. I am so sad. I have never worked with a better person than Tom, and I can’t imagine our team without him.

Tom regularly spoke of your professionalism and dedication to the department. It is during times like this that we must stand together to meet the Department’s public safety mission and to honor Tom’s memory.

I know that you all join me in sending prayers and support to Tom’s wife, Lisa, their two daughters and their family. For the next few days, please allow them to grieve with their family in private.

With all our heart,

We will provide you with more details as soon as they become available.