Colorado gunman had bomb-making materials in car

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Authorities found bomb-making materials inside the Cadillac of a suspected white supremacist killed in a shootout Thursday in Decatur, as well as handwritten directions to a slain Colorado prison chief's home.

The materials were found in a backpack and duffel bag located in the trunk of a 1991 Cadillac sedan that Evan Spencer Ebel had been driving when authorities say he shot Montague County sheriff's Deputy James Boyd after the deputy pulled him over.

Wise County Sheriff David Walker said the bomb materials make it clear that Ebel, a suspect in the fatal shootings of a prison executive and pizza delivery man in Colorado, wasn't just passing through Texas while trying to flee to Mexico.

"This guy obviously was on a mission and not only in Colorado," Walker said. "... Quite honestly, he wouldn't be driving into another country with a pipe bomb in his car. He had a plan. We have to work backward to see what that plan was."

Boyd, who was shot twice in the chest and once in the head, was expected to be released Tuesday from a Fort Worth hospital

After shooting Boyd, Ebel was pursued on U.S. 287 into Decatur, where he hit a rock hauler before being fatally shot in a gunfight with law officers.

Ballistics tests released Monday confirmed that that the 9 mm Smith & Wesson handgun used by Ebel in both shootings in Texas was the same gun that killed Tom Clements, the executive director of the Colorado Department of Corrections, at his Monument, Colo., house on March 19.

Officials have said that the 28-year-old Ebel is also a suspect in the March 17 slaying of Denver pizza delivery man Nathan Leon, based on a Domino's pizza carrier, shirt and visor found in the Cadillac. Police have speculated that Ebel posed as a pizza deliverer to get Clements to open the door of his home.

Walker said authorities have determined that the Cadillac, which had different Colorado license plates displayed on its front and back, was not stolen but had apparently been purchased off Craigslist by some of Ebel's acquaintances.

Bomb-making material found in the car included black powder, according to an evidence recovery log released Tuesday.

"Everything he needed to make a pipe bomb was there," Walker said.

Walker said that while he couldn't speculate on the size of the pipe bombs that could be made with the found materials, "it's not some little old pipe you can stick in your pocket by any means."

"They're big enough for some country boy to know if they had gunpowder in them and went off, it's going to cause a lot of problems," Walker said.

Deanna Boyd, 817-390-7655

Twitter: @deannaboyd

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