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Parolee, Saudi National Eyed as Possible Suspects in Colorado Shooting

Colorado Department of Corrections(MONUMENT, Colo.) -- Law enforcement authorities in two states are investigating whether a parolee who was gravely wounded Thursday after a high-speed car chase in Texas is connected to Tuesday night’s shooting death of Colorado prison chief Tom Clements.

The 28-year-old suspect, Evan Ebel, served time in Colorado and was reportedly a member of the Brotherhood of Aryan Alliance. He was driving a vehicle that matched a similar description of a dark “boxy” car that was spotted in Clements’ neighborhood in Monument, Colo. at the time of the shooting.

According to Texas police, the suspect led them on a high-speed chase through two counties after being stopped in Montague and seriously wounding a deputy. The chase ended in Decatur, 100 miles outside of Dallas, when his Cadillac was struck by an 18-wheeler. After the suspect exited his car, he continued shooting and was hit by bullets when cops returned fire.

Doctors later said that the suspect was brain dead and is being kept on life support to potentially harvest his organs.

Days before he was shot dead at his home, Clements denied the request of a Saudi national convicted of false imprisonment and sexual assault to serve out the remainder of his prison sentence in Saudi Arabia.

Detectives investigating the murder were also investigating that as a possible lead as the manhunt for the 58-year-old's killer continued on Friday.

Just a week before being gunned down, Clements wrote a letter to convicted Saudi national Homaidan al-Turki, stating that he was denying his request to complete his sentence in his home country.

Al-Turki, whose company Al-Basheer Publications & Translations sold CDs of speeches by Islamic militant Anwar al-Awlaki, had complained during his trial that the prosecution was the result of a government conspiracy. Al-Awlaki was killed in a U.S. drone strike in Yemen in 2011.

In his letter to al-Turki, Clements cited the convict's refusal to participate in sex offender rehabilitation programs due to conflicts with his Islamic faith. As a result, Clements denied the requested transfer to Saudi Arabia.

Al-Turki was convicted in 2006 of the sexual assault of his Indonesian housekeeper. According to an affidavit, al-Turki and his wife kept their housekeeper as a virtual slave, allegedly paying her $2 per day and forcing her to sleep on a mattress in his basement.

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Driver in Texas Shootout Possibly Linked to Colorado Prison Chief Murder

Colorado Dept of Corrections(FORT WORTH, Texas) -- A high speed chase and shootout that spanned two Texas counties and ended with the death of the driver Thursday may be connected to the murder of Colorado's prisons chief earlier this week, police said.

A suspect driving a black Cadillac with Colorado license plates shot at an officer several times during a traffic stop and took off. The suspect continued to fire at pursuing officers while driving at speeds that exceeded 100 mph, police said a news conference.

The suspect, who police have been unable to identify, wasn't stopped until his vehicle slammed into an 18-wheel tractor trailer. He came out of the car with a gun and began firing again at police who cut him down with return fire, police said.

"He wasn't planning on being taken alive. He was planning on hurting somebody," an officer said during the news conference.

Although treated at two hospitals, the suspect was "legally deceased," police said.

Authorities said that Colorado investigators are on their way to Texas to determine whether the suspect is connected to the murder of Colorado prison chief Tom Clements. Clements was killed at his home Tuesday by an unknown assailant.

"Do we suspect it is related [to the Colorado killing]? It may be," Wise County Sheriff David Walker said. "I believe the description of the car in Colorado is a box-style black car" that was identified as possibly a being a Lincoln. "This is a box-style car with Colorado plates."

Police said that the driver of the black Cadillac was pulled over by highway patrol officers in Montague County, Texas, when he began firing on the officer who pulled him over. The officer was hit several times in the chest, but was protected by his vest. He was also grazed in the head.

The injured officer alerted other law enforcement to the driver, who then engaged in a rolling shootout with deputies in his pursuit through Montague and Wise counties.

The suspect was eventually hit by a truck on a Texas highway, when he exited and then continued shooting at sheriff's deputies. He was shot multiple times and taken to a nearby hospital before being airlifted to John Peters Hospital in Fort Worth. Police said the suspect is legally dead but is being kept on life support to possibly harvest his organs.

Authorities tell ABC News they are also looking into whether the suspect may be involved in the killing of a Domino’s pizza driver in Denver.

Authorities say evidence found today in the suspect’s car -- including a Domino’s pizza uniform jacket and a cardboard pizza box -- may link the suspect to the unsolved murder of 27-year-old pizza delivery man Nathan Leon, according to three law enforcement sources who did not want to be identified because they are not authorized to speak publicly about the case.

Leon’s body was found Sunday in a ditch in Golden, Colorado.  A father of three, Leon was shot multiple times.

Detectives investigating Clements' murder seem to have ruled out the possibility that he was a victim of random violence and believe that he was specifically targeted.

"Is it possible this was random? Absolutely," County Undersheriff Paula Presley told ABC News Thursday. "Then again you have to look at what the motive would have been if this was a random shooting. At this point, there's nothing that leads us in that direction."

"It appears at this point in time that Mr. Clements was obviously the target of this homicide," Presley said.

Clements, 58, was shot Tuesday night at his home in an upscale neighborhood in Monument, Colorado.

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Hotel Fight Led to Deadly Attack on Las Vegas Strip, Police Say

ABC News(LAS VEGAS) -- Police believe an altercation at a Las Vegas hotel led to a deadly drive-by shooting on the occupants of a Maserati sports car. The shooting occured on the city's glitzy strip early Thursday morning and left three people dead, including two who died when their taxi was struck by the careening sports car and exploded into flames.

The occupants of a Range Rover SUV shot at two people in the Maserati, which caused a multi-car accident. Police have not released the model of the Maserati, but the price of a new Maserati ranges from $123,000 to $142,000.

When asked if authorities knew any more about the altercation that led to the shooting, Officer Bill Cassell of the Las Vegas Metropolitan police said, "We believe we do at this point, but we are not putting that information out."

Cassell could not yet say exactly where the altercation took place. He said police are planning on releasing more information later Thursday.

Police said that they believe a group of men riding in a black Range Rover Sport SUV pulled up alongside the Maserati around 4:20 a.m. and fired shots into the car, striking the driver and passenger, according to Officer Jose Hernandez of the Las Vegas Metropolitan police department.

The Maserati then swerved through an intersection, hitting at least four other cars. One car that was struck, a taxi with a driver and passenger in it, caught on fire and burst into flames, trapping both occupants, Hernandez said.

The SUV then fled the scene, according to cops.

The driver of the Maserati died from his gunshot wounds at University Medical Center shortly after the shooting, according to Sgt. John Sheahan.

The driver and passenger of the taxi both died in the car fire.

At least three individuals, including the passenger of the Maserati, were injured during the shooting and car crashes and are being treated at UMC hospital.

Police are scouring surveillance video from the area, including from the strip's major casinos, to try and identify the Range Rover and its occupants, according to police.

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Four Sheriff's Deputies Shot in Louisiana; Two Dead

Hemera/Thinkstock(LaPLACE, La.) -- An apparent shootout in Louisiana Thursday has left two sheriff's deputies dead and two others injured.

The shooting began around 5:30 a.m. when one of the deputies was making a traffic stop in a parking lot of a Valero Energy plant in LaPlace, about 20 miles west of New Orleans.

"As he was working this detail for some unknown reason at this time a gunman opened fire on him multiple times," St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff Mike Tregre said Thursday at a press conference.

Tregre said a tip then led the other officers to a nearby trailer park where they were ambushed while rounding up suspects.

"Another person exited that trailer with an assault weapon and ambushed... ambushed my two officers," he said.

Those two officers, identified as Brandon Neilsen, 34, and Jeremy Triche, 28, died.  

The deputy assaulted at the parking lot is currently in the hospital being treated for gunshot wounds. It is unclear where the fourth deputy, who's also in the hospital, was injured.

Tregre said five people have been taken into custody.

"We have a few people in custody right now.  We are trying to determine their roles in this shooting," he said, adding that no other perpetrators were on the loose.

"We are in control at this point, at this point we are trying to piece everything together," Tregre said.

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New Hampshire Shootout: Suspects Found Dead, Police Chief Killed

ABC News(GREENLAND, N.H.) -- Two deceased individuals were found Friday in the New Hampshire home where an earlier shootout left one police officer dead and four other officers injured in what is believed to have ended in a double suicide or murder suicide.

The shooting occurred Thursday in Greenland, a coastal town of 3,500 outside Portsmouth, after a standoff with a suspect believed to be armed with a rifle.

The police officer fatally killed was Chief Michael Malone.  Two officers are listed as critical, according to emergency services, while two others have been released from the hospital.

Chief Malone, who had 26 years of experience in law enforcement, was reportedly scheduled to retire in eight days.

"In those final days, he sacrificed his life in public service as a law enforcement officer in New Hampshire," Attorney General Michael Delaney said early Friday.

SWAT teams placed a robot into the residence to gain entry early Friday.  The robot detected two deceased individuals, one of whom has been identified as Cullen Mutrie, the man believed to have killed the police chief and shot the others, according to Detective Eric Kulberg.  The other individual, a female, is still unidentified.

The shooter and woman remained holed up in the home into Friday morning, Delaney said.

Early reports from the crime scene indicated the use of a "sniper rifle," though questions at a later press conference suggested an "automatic weapon" was used.

The incident may have been the result of a drug bust gone south, according to reports.´╗┐

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Bank Hostage Standoff Ends in Fiery Shootout

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(BUENA PARK, Calif.) -- A bank manager at a Southern California bank who was held hostage has been rescued safely following a fiery shootout between a robbery suspect and SWAT team officers.

Police and SWAT team officers shot the suspect after they swarmed Saehan Bank in Buena Park, Calif., at about 3 p.m., according to ABC News Los Angeles station KABC.

Authorities said the suspect continued to be uncooperative after the shooting, the station reported.

Aerial pictures show the suspect being taken out of the bank on a stretcher and placed into a paramedic vehicle.

The suspect's condition was not immediately known. It was unclear what the suspect's motive or demands were, officials said.

The suspect entered the bank at 11 a.m. and let all the employees leave except the female bank manager after an employee asked if they could leave, according to KABC.

The bank manager's condition is unknown at this time.

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Oklahoma Shootout Injures Three Cops; Gunman Killed

Giorgio Fochesato/Vetta/Getty Images(VALLEY BROOK, Okla.) -- Three police officers in Oklahoma were hospitalized with gunshot wounds overnight after responding to an attempted burglary report Thursday evening.  The suspect was shot and killed at the scene, according to authorities.

As ABC News affiliate KOCO-TV reports, the three cops -- two from Oklahoma City and one from Valley Brook -- were injured during a shootout at the Valley Brook City Hall.  Valley Brook police had called Oklahoma City for assistance around 10:45 p.m.

The trio were taken to nearby hospitals and are said to have non-life-threatening injuries. According to KOCO, the Valley Brook officer was released early Friday morning.  Their names have not yet been released.

Police have identified the dead gunman, KOCO reports, but the suspect's name is also being withheld.  An investigation is currently underway.

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US Marshal Dies in St. Louis Shootout; 37th Law Officer Killed This Year

David De Lossy/Thinkstock(ST. LOUIS) -- A U.S. marshal has died after being shot in the head during a St. Louis gun battle, the Marshals Service said Tuesday night. The marshal, 48-year-old Deputy John Perry, was part of a team trying to arrest a man on charges of drug possession and assaulting a law enforcement officer.

The agency said Perry died at 7 p.m. at Saint Louis University Hospital. He had been with the U.S. Marshals Service for almost 10 years.

A second marshal was wounded, along with a St. Louis city police officer.

The gunman, who was killed in the standoff, was identified by federal officials as Carlos Boles, 36, who had served a 10-year prison term for a 1992 assault.

Boles was arrested again in October 2010 and charged with possession of marijuana, resisting arrest, and assaulting a police officer.

"Our deputies and law enforcement partners face danger every day in the pursuit of justice for the citizens of this great nation," said Stacia Hylton, the director of the Marshals Service. "Our people and our partners are well trained and prepared, but it is impossible to predict when a wanted individual will make a fateful choice that results in the loss of life or injury.

"When that happens, and the life lost is a law enforcement officer or other public servant, it is an immeasurable tragedy felt by all," said Hylton in a statement. "Today, unfortunately, we again feel that pain. Our thoughts and prayers are with our fallen deputy as well as the injured and their families."

The officers were attempting to serve an arrest warrant at Boles' home when he opened fire with a semi-automatic pistol.

When authorities arrived at the suspect's home, he told them, "I'm only going out in a body bag," ABC News radio affiliate KTRS reported.

Three children were taken by from the home before shots were fired.

"Two Deputy U.S. Marshals and one task force officer from the Eastern District of Missouri were serving an arrest warrant this morning at a residence in St. Louis when they were involved in a shooting – all three were struck by gunfire and have been taken to a local hospital," Jeff Carter, spokesman for the U.S. Marshals said in a statement immediately after the shooting.

The shootings are the latest in a string of police casualties this year. Thirty-seven law enforcement officials have been killed in the line of duty nationally since Jan. 1. That's more than were killed in all of 2010. Of the 2011 deaths, five were federal agents, according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.

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