Cameras on slain corrections chief's street considered, rejected

Joe Dominguez, Multimedia Journalist - Pueblo Chieftain Bureau , j.dominguez@krdo.com
POSTED: 06:59 PM MDT Mar 21, 2013    UPDATED: 10:53 PM MDT Mar 21, 2013 
EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. -

A neighborhood watch captain for the Bent Tree Property Association said installing security cameras in the neighborhood where Tom Clements was slain is something that was discussed and dismissed.

Neighbors of Clements are still stunned by the ambush that killed him. The head of the Colorado Department of Corrections was shot and killed as he answered the door at 8:45 p.m. Tuesday.

Herb Wetzel said he's preparing a letter for all 250 or so residents reminding them to remain vigilant in protecting the neighborhood.

Up to half a dozen people have contacted the El Paso County Sheriff's Office to tell them they remember seeing a suspicious car in the neighborhood that's now the center of the murder investigation.

Wetzel said Clements could lead to increased safety measures.

"I think there will be a discussion at our next meeting about this incident and we have had discussions in the past of having video cameras at the entrances," said Wetzel.

Wetzel isn't sure if the idea was dismissed because of the cost of the cameras or the idea that they weren't needed.