KAUFMAN COUNTY (CBSDFW.COM) – FBI agents in Colorado are comparing notes with agents in North Texas to see if there's a link between the man who was killed in Wise County and the murder of Kaufman County prosecutor Mark Hasse.
Evan Ebel is a suspect in Tuesday's murder of Colorado Prison Chief Tom Clements. He was driving through North Texas when he got into a high-speed chase and gunfight with Wise County Sheriff's deputies Thursday and was killed.
Hasse, an assistant district attorney with the Kaufman County District Attorney's Office, was shot and killed in a parking lot across the street from the county courthouse on Jan. 31.
Both slayings involved high-profile officials, and both cases have ties to organized crime.
Ebel has been identified as a member of a white supremacist gang. And in November 2012, Hasse's office was credited with helping indict 34 alleged members of the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas, a white supremacist prison gang and organized crime syndicate.
Lieutenant Justin Lewis of the Kaufman County Sheriff's office cautions for now that there is no solid evidence to link the two high-profile cases.
"What we can say right now is that the Dallas office of the FBI and the Denver office of the FBI are comparing notes in the two cases."
"It's pretty much routine. Anytime there's a case like that, they compare notes," Lewis added.
The Kaufman County Sheriffs Office released the following statement regarding a possible link.
The Dallas and Denver offices of the Federal Bureau of Investigation are comparing the homicides of Mark Hasse and Tom Clements to determine if there is any evidence linking the two crimes. This is part of routine investigative work when two crimes occur under somewhat similar circumstances. If any link is found, or a possible link is disproven, that information will be released at the appropriate time.