DECATUR, Texas -- The man who led Texas authorities on a wild chase and shootout and is the focus of two murder investigations in Colorado has died, Texas authorities said Friday.
The suspect has been identified as Evan Ebel, 28, according to federal and state law enforcement officials speaking on condition of anonymity. Ebel was a member of the white supremacist prison gang known as the 211 Crew.
Ebel has emerged as the main focus of the investigation into the murder of Colorado's prisons chief Tom Clements and a pizza delivery driver in Denver. Ebel was shot by Texas authorities in the shootout.
Roger Metcalf, the director of the human identification lab at the Tarrant County Medical Examiner's Office, confirmed that the suspect had been removed from life support at a Fort Worth hospital and has died. An autopsy being performed includes two fingerprint examiners.
Kris Newcomer, spokeswoman at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, said that a man identified as John Doe, who came to the hospital from Wise County Thursday afternoon, died Thursday evening. That man's body has been transported to the Tarrant County Medical Examiners's Office.
Newcomer also said a patient in those circumstances before death typically does not qualify for organ harvesting.
A team of investigators, including those from the El Paso County Sheriff's and Denver police departments, met on Friday to study the contents of Ebel's black Cadillac.
Law enforcement officers were gathering at the Wise County Sheriff's Office in Decatur, where the car was being processed in a secure building.
Ebel, who led Texas authorities on a wild chase and gunfight on Thursday, was being kept on life support late Thursday after being struck by police gunfire.
Decatur Police Chief Rex Hoskins, who was among those Ebel fired at during the chase, said he did not know what led Ebel to northwest Texas. That was among the questions authorities hoped to
A black Cadillac with Colorado license plates was involved in a shooting and chase in Texas. (Provided by KTVT CBS-DFW)
answer on Friday, Hoskins said.
"I'm inclined to think he was probably just passing through," Hoskins said.
Police planned a news conference later Friday morning.
Lt. Jeff Kramer, spokesman for the El Paso County Sheriff's Office, said three or four major crimes investigators are in Texas working with officials there.
"Ultimately they went down there to make an assessment of any evidence found in the Texas case that they can tie to our case," Kramer said. "We want to see if we can gain a level of confidence that it is connected or decide we had high hopes but it didn't pan out."
Clements, the executive director of the state Department of Corrections, was shot Tuesday night as he opened the door of his Monument home.
Denver police said they believe there is a connection between the Texas case and the killing of a pizza delivery driver, who answered a call in Denver on Sunday and was shot multiple times.
On its Twitter feed Friday morning, the Denver police department said that because of "great work" by Golden police investigators, Denver police detectives and Denver Crime Laboratory forensic examiners, "we are confident the Texas suspect is also suspect in the Denver/Golden case."
Denver police also tweeted that the investigation is ongoing despite the suspect's death.