Tom Clements, executive director of the Colorado Department of Corrections, was shot and killed Tuesday night as he answered the door at his home in a rural, wooded area north of Colorado Springs, authorities said.
El Paso County Sheriff's Lt. Jeff Kramer said Clements was shot in the chest around 8:30 p.m. by an unknown assailant at his home in an upscale section of Monument, Colo.
As executive director of the Department of Corrections, the 58-year-old Clements was responsible for all state and private prisons and parole operations.
Kramer said authorities are "sensitive" to the fact that Clements' job overseeing the prison system might have made him a target for an attack, but remain "open-minded" to other theories to explain the killing. He said robbery did not appear to be a motive.