BOWIE, Texas - Officials say a man who led authorities in Texas on a 100 mph car chase and may be linked to the slaying of Colorado's state prison chief is a paroled prison inmate.
The Denver Post reported Thursday evening that the man is 28-year-old Evan Spencer Ebel. A federal law enforcement official confirmed that identity to the Associated Press.
The official was not authorized to speak publicly about the case and spoke on condition of anonymity.
Legal records show Ebel was convicted of several crimes in Colorado dating back to 2003, including assaulting a prison guard in 2008.
Ebel was identified as the driver of a black, four-door Cadillac with Colorado license plates that was speeding south in Texas on Thursday. Colorado authorities had urged the public to be on the lookout for a dark Cadillac or Lincoln seen near Clements' home Tuesday night.
Ebel fired on authorities when they tried to stop his car in Texas. After being kept alive on machines for some time, the suspect died Thursday evening.
Two bullets struck the Montague County deputy, who was wearing a bulletproof vest, in the chest and another grazed his head before he managed to call in help, said the sheriff. He is in serious condition at a Dallas-Fort Worth area hospital.