The Colorado Bureau of Investigation has arrested a 22-year-old Commerce City woman for allegedly illegally transferring the firearm identified by the El Paso County Sheriff's Office as the weapon used in the shooting death of Department of Corrections director Tom Clements.
Stevie Marie Vigil was arrested on March 27 and is being held at the Arapahoe County Jail on $25,000 bond. She is charged with one count of an unlawful purchase of a firearm, a class four felony.
Investigators believe that Vigil purchased the firearm from a licensed firearms dealer in Englewood and allegedly transferred the gun to Evan Spencer Ebel, 28, in what is known as a “straw purchase”. Because Ebel was a convicted felon he could not possess a firearm.
The weapon was recovered in Texas after Ebel was involved in a shootout and car chase with law enforcement on March 21. Ebel shot a deputy after being pulled over. Ballistic testing done by the Colorado Springs Metro Crime Lab determined that the gun Ebel used to shoot at law enforcement officials in Texas was the same gun used to kill Clements. Clements was killed March 19 after he answered the door at his home. Ebel was killed during the shootout.
Investigators are still trying to determine what the motive was behind the shooting of Clement's. Some news outlets are reporting that it may have been a hit ordered from prison from members of the 211 prison gang, a white supremacist gang. Ebel was a member of the 211 gang and was released from prison in January.
However Sgt. Joe Roybal, public information officer for EPSO, said the sheriff's office has never said that the 211 gang may have ordered the hit and the other media outlets are going by supposed anonymous sources.
“We are looking into all associations of Evan Ebel. We are trying to determine if he acted alone or if he did it in conjunction with his associations,” Roybal said.
Ebel is also suspected of killing Domino's Pizza delivery driver Nathan Leon in Denver on March 17. A Domino's jacket as well as a pizza box warmer was found in Ebel's car.
The investigation is ongoing and in a statement the CBI has said that the licensed firearms dealer is cooperating and “had no knowledge of Vigil's alleged actions following her legal purchase of the gun.”