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Shooting suspect confirmed dead

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The suspect who shot one deputy three times in Montague County and fired at multiple Wise County law enforcement officers during a high-speed chase that ended in Decatur was confirmed dead by Wise County Sheriff David Walker during a noon press conference Friday. The Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office, working with FBI and local law enforcement confirmed the suspect to be Evan S. Ebel, 28, a parolee out of Colorado. Montague County Sheriff’s Office deputy James Boyd, who sustained three gunshots — two to the chest and one to the head — after he initially tried to stop Ebel near Bowie, is listed in stable condition at Harris Methodist in Fort Worth. Ebel then led officers on a wild chase on U.S. 287 before he crashed his vehicle into an 18-wheeler in Decatur. He then leaped from his fiery vehicle and opened fire on deputies and Decatur police. He was shot in the head when law enforcement returned fire. Investigators with El Paso County Sheriff’s Office in Colorado and FBI agents from Colorado are in Wise County looking into a possible connection between Ebel and the murder of two men in Colorado, Tom Clements, 58, the director of the Colorado Department of Corrections, and Nate Leon, a 27-year-old part-time pizza delivery driver. Clements was murdered in front of his home Tuesday night. Leon was found murdered Sunday in Denver. Steve Johnson, assistant director of the Colorado Bureau of Investigation office, said at the press conference that the only connection between the Colorado slayings and the shootout in Wise County is that Ebel was driving a black Cadillac with Colorado plates. That vehicle matched the description a witness saw in the neighborhood at the time Clements was shot and killed.

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