Apr 5, 2013 7:33 PM by Andy Koen
COLORADO SPRINGS - Security measures are being stepped up at certain county buildings as sheriff's deputies and police officers continue to search for a suspected gang member who may be tied to the murder Departments of Corrections Director Tom Clements.
County security workers will be installing a surplus metal detector at the Russell Professional Building downtown on Vermijo Street. The county owned building houses the 4th Judicial District Attorney's Office as well as the county trustee.
County spokesman Dave Rose said there will be a greater presence of armed security guards in the building as well.
"It'll take an extra minute or two to get through kind of a standard metal detector screening process with personnel from El Paso County Security," Rose said.
While the slayings of Clements and Texas District Attorney Mike McLelland are concerning, Rose said the increased security was planned before either shooting.
"I think it's just part of the routine business that we go through with the county, we have a trained security force; we rely heavily on them to advise us in the operation of all buildings."
Investigators have linked Clement's death to a former inmate name Evan Ebel. He was part of a white-supremacist gang the 211 Crew and was killed in a shootout with officers in Texas.
Deputies with the El Paso County Sheriff's Office arrested James Franklin Lohr, 47, Friday morning in connection with the Clements case. Officers are still searching for Thomas Jams Goulee, 31, another associate of Ebel.