James Lohr, who is wanted as a persona of interest in the investigation of the shooting death of Colorado prisons chief Tom Clements, was arrested for allegedly fleeing an attempted traffic stop in Colorado Springs. Lohr is believed to be a member of a white supremacist prison gang to which Evan Ebel, the suspect in the Clements killing, belonged.
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Doug Stanglin, USA TODAY
James Lohr, a known associate of a white supremacist prison gang and a person of interest in the investigation of the killing of Colorado prisons chief Tom Clements, has been arrested in Colorado Springs.
Lohr, 47, was picked up while allegedly fleeing an attempted traffic stop in Colorado Springs, which is near Clement's hometown of Monument, KUSA-TV reported.
Clements was shot and killed March 19 as he answered the front door of his house.
Lohr and a second man, Thomas Goulee, 31, were being sought by police in the Clements case. Authorities described Goulee as "armed and dangerous" and say he might be headed to either Nevada or Texas.
Both men are believed to be part of a white supremacist prison gang called 211 Crew.
This is the same gang to which Evan Ebel, the suspect in the Clements killing, belonged.
Ebel, 28, was shot and killed by Texas law enforcement officers following a high-speed chase northwest of Dallas on March 21.
Authorities have not indicated what connection Lohr and Goulee might have with the Clements case.
Ebel is also suspected as the shooter in the killing of a pizza deliveryman two days before the Clements killing.
Guolee's father, Phillip Goulee, 54, told USA TODAY that his son has been in and out of prison since he was 17, when he was caught in a car with others who had a gun and drugs. After serving a six-year stint, he returned to Wisconsin to live with his father.
"He said he wanted to get away from all that gang stuff," Phillip Goulee said. But Colorado arrested him again for violating parole by leaving the state, and he returned to prison for six more years, he said. "I blame this on their system," he said. "You don't kick him out after six years and say, 'Have a nice life.'"
Goulee said his son is unlikely to return to Wisconsin, "because he knows I'd turn him in."
Contributing: Donna Leinwand Leger, USA TODAY.