Colorado woman tied to gun used in Texas shootout

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Authorities arrested a 22-year-old Colorado woman Wednesday, accusing her of purchasing the handgun and giving the weapon to Evan Spencer Ebel, the Colorado parolee who died after a shootout in Decatur last week,

Stevie Marie Vigil, of Commerce City, was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of an alleged illegal transfer of a firearm in early March, based on information developed during the course of the investigation, according to a Colorado Bureau of Investigation press release.

Authorities accused Vigil of conducting a "straw purchase" where she purchased the firearm from a licensed firearms dealer in Englewood, Colo., then transferred the weapon to Ebel, who could not purchase a weapon since he was a convicted felon. Investigators said the firearms dealer has been "extremely cooperative" and did not know about Vigil's transfer of the gun to Ebel.

The investigation began following the March 21 shooting of Montague County Sheriff's Deputy James Boyd and the shootout in Decatur where Ebel was shot and later died.

Investigators recovered the weapon and ballistics matched it to the killing of Tom Clements, executive director of the Colorado Department of Corrections, who was shot when he answered the front door of his Monument, Colo., home on March 19.involving the firearm purchase was initiated on Thursday, March 21, 2013.

Investigators worked throughout the weekend to learn the identity of the gun's owner.

Vigil was taken to the Arapahoe County Jail on March 27. Bond was set at $25,000. She will face one count of unlawful purchase of a firearm, a class 4 felony in the State of Colorado, which carries a penalty of two to 16 years in prison

Bill Hanna, (817) 390-7698

Twitter: @fwhanna

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