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Colorado Corrections Chief Murdered

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The nightmare scenario for all involved in fighting violent crime is that one of those criminals may come after you personally or your family.  Front-line police officers are at the greatest danger, of course, and killing a police officer in the line of duty is, quite rightly, a capital offense in many states.

But others further removed from the front lines are not immune.  Kirk Mitchell, Jeremy P. Meyer and Jordan Steffen report for the Denver Post:

The executive director of the Colorado Department of Corrections, Tom Clements, was shot and killed as he opened the door to his Monument home Tuesday night.

Clements' distraught wife, Lisa, told a 911 dispatcher that the gunman rang the doorbell and then shot her husband in the chest, according to a dispatcher's recording. She told the dispatcher she was not sure if the gunman was in the house.

Deputies received the 911 call at 8:42 p.m.

Authorities arrived at the home minutes later. They found Clements and his wife inside the home on a set of stairs.

Medical crews started performing CPR on Clements while deputies worked to secure the area and search for a suspect. Clements died at the home.

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