After someone shot into the side of an Omaha parole officer's pickup, the state made sure to rally behind the target. The incident hit even closer to home when, days later in an unrelated case, a former Colorado inmate is suspected of killing the head of corrections in Colorado at his own home.
"In our business, you have to assume it's an ex-inmate or a parolee," said Bob Houston, director of Nebraska's Department of Corrections, who went to the funeral this week of his friend, Tom Clements,who ran corrections in Colorado.
The unrelated Omaha case happened four days before the Colorado shooting.
Whoever blasted the driver's door of the Omaha parole officer's black pickup with a shotgun was bold and made it personal.
He targeted the officer -- not at the downtown parole office -- but at his home.
The shotgun blast, according to the police report, left 18 holes in the side of the pickup.
"We know it's part of our business but it shouldn't be that people have that kind of threat in their own home," said Houston.
Investigators don't know who had the shotgun, but one consideration has been 19-year-old Michael Goynes.
He was on parole 2-and-a-half years into his sentence on a gun crime.
Days before the shooting -- he disappeared. He had cut off his ankle bracelet.
Investigators are still looking for him.
At any time, an Omaha parole officer is handling between 40-50 parolees. This employee has been with corrections for years.