Tom Clements, executive director of the Colorado Department of Corrections, was shot dead Tuesday evening. Police have no suspects, but a search is underway for "boxy" car seen idling outside Clements' home before the shooting.
Clements held his position for two years, and before that worked for decades in Missouri's penal system. Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper ordered flags on public properties to be flown at half mast Wednesday.
"I can hardly believe it, let alone write words to describe it. I am so sad. I have never worked with a better person than Tom, and I can't imagine our team without him," Hickenlooper said during a press conference.
Police on Wednesday disclosed that a neighbor noticed someone getting into the "boxy" vehicle around the time of the shooting, and authorities are asking for help tracking down the car, local TV station CBS 4 reports.
CBS reports the description is "an older model, boxy-type car like a Lincoln, but not necessarily a Lincoln. It was either black or dark in color, very shiny and had 2 doors."
Clements was reportedly shot when he opened his front door around 8:30 p.m. Denver TV station ABC 7 reports that a relative inside the Monument, Colo., home called police.
Police have not disclosed to the public the names of any possible suspects.
CBS reports that last week Clements rejected a Saudi man's request to be transferred from Colorado to Saudi Arabia to serve the rest of his term there for sexual assault and false imprisonment of a housekeeper.
The Denver Post reports that Clements opposed the death penalty and regularly attended church and gang rehabilitation programs. He leaves behind a wife and two adult children. In his official capacity he oversaw private and state prisons, in addition to parole operations.