Springs po­lice shoot bur­glary sus­pect

The­man on­ce­was a per­son of in­ter­est in the Cle­ments mur­der case.

The Denver Post - - NEWS - By Jesse Paul Jesse Paul: 303- 954- 1733, jpaul@ den­ver­post. com or @ JesseAPaul

A sus­pected bur­glar — once named a per­son of in­ter­est in the slay­ing of Colorado’s top prison of­fi­cial — was wounded late Wed­nes­day by Colorado Springs po­lice of­fi­cers af­ter two shootouts and a car chase.

Thomas James Guolee, 34, is be­ing held at the El Paso County jail on sev­eral charges, in­clud­ing at­tempted first- de­gree mur­der of a po­lice of­fi­cer, at­tempted first- de­gree bur­glary and pos­ses­sion of a weapon by a pre­vi­ous of­fender.

Guolee was taken to a hos­pi­tal and treated for a gun­shot wound that was not life- threat­en­ing. He later was taken to the El Paso County jail and is be­ing held on $ 1 mil­lion bail.

Dur­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion of the 2013 slay­ing of state pris­ons chief Tom Cle­ments, of­fi­cials named Goulee as a per­son of in­ter­est, as part of the 211 Crewwhite su­prem­a­cist prison gang.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors at the time said that, while in prison, Goulee had talked to Evan Ebel be­fore Cle­ments was killed. Once out on pa­role, Ebel al­legedly killed a pizza de­liv­ery­man then shot Cle­ments when he went to the door of his home in Mon­u­ment. Ebel later died in a shootout in Texas.

In a 2013 jail interviewwith The Post, Guolee de­nied any in­volve­ment with the prison gang or Cle­ments’ killing.

Goulee was never charged in Cle­ments’ death.

Adri­enne Ja­cob­sen, a spokes­woman for the state Depart­ment of Cor­rec­tions, told The Gazette on Thurs­day that Guolee even­tu­ally was re­leased from pa­role on Nov. 18, 2014.

Au­thor­i­ties first con­fronted Guolee about 8: 45 p. m. on the 2400 block of Sierra SpringsDrive in the south­east part of the city, where of­fi­cers were sum­moned on re­ports of a bur­glary.

Of­fi­cials said Guolee fired sev­eral shots at the of­fi­cers, who fired back.

“The sus­pect then got into his ve­hi­cle and a pur­suit en­sued,” po­lice said.

Au­thor­i­ties say Guolee crashed near the in­ter­sec­tion of Ruskin and Whit­tier drives. When he got out of his ve­hi­cle, of­fi­cers again opened fire and wounded him.

The two of­fi­cers in­volved in the shoot­ing were not in­jured and have been placed on rou­tine ad­min­is­tra­tive leave, said the El Paso County Sher­iff’s Of­fice, which is in­ves­ti­gat­ing.

The sher­iff’s of­fice will in­ves­ti­gate the shoot­ing and present its find­ings to county pros­e­cu­tors, whow­ill de­ter­mine the le­gal­ity of the use of force.

Colorado Springs po­lice have been in­volved in sev­eral of­fi­cer­in­volved shoot­ings since Hal­loween. A depart­ment spokes­woman toldTheDen­ver Post some young mem­bers of the force have quit un­der the stress of the en­coun­ters.

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