HOUSTON — Colorado authorities have arrested a woman accused of illegally transferring the gun allegedly used to kill the state prisons chief, according to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation.
Investigators believe Stevie Marie Vigil, 22, of Commerce City, Colo., legally bought the gun from a licensed dealer in the Denver suburb of Englewood before transferring it to Evan Ebel, 28, a felon barred from possessing a firearm, the CBI said in a statement posted on Facebook.
Ebel, who died last week after allegedly using the same gun in a shootout with officers in Wise County, Texas, is suspected in the shooting deaths of Colorado Department of Corrections head Tom Clements, 58, on March 19 and Nathan Leon, 27, who was shot March 17 while working as a pizza delivery driver around Denver. El Paso County, Colo., sheriff’s investigators have said ballistic evidence shows Ebel used the same gun in Colorado and Texas.
“Oftentimes referred to as a 'straw purchase,' investigators believe Vigil purchased the firearm from a licensed firearms dealer in Englewood, and allegedly transferred the weapon to Evan Ebel, a convicted felon who could not legally possess a firearm,” the CBI said in its statement. “The licensed firearms dealer has been extremely cooperative with investigators, and had no knowledge of Vigil's alleged actions following her legal purchase of the gun.”