Shootout Yields Grisly Find

Tuesday, October 26, 2010 - 2:17pm

Man suspected of murdering son of former Texas governor opens fire on police.

The son of former Texas Governor Bill Clements has been killed.

Tyler police and members of the Henderson County Sheriff's Department found B. Gill Clements' body buried on a shallow grave on his neighbor's ranch.

The grisly find came after a dramatic shootout with Clements' neighbor, Howard Tod Granger.

Clements disappeared late Thursday night, and a search of his ranch began Friday.

As sheriff's deputies neared the border of neighbor Howard Tod Granger's land while searching for Clements on Friday, Granger met them with an AK-47 rifle, and threatened to kill them all.

Tyler Police supplied an armored vehicle and SWAT unit, and Sheriff Ray Nutt returned with a search warrant Friday afternoon

"At that point he opened fire with an AK-47," said Henderson County Sheriff Ray Nutt.

"It took over 40 rounds on this vehicle," Tyler Officer Don Martin added.

Granger met them with gunfire.

"We returned fire, one shot, and the suspect was killed," Nutt said.

On Granger's property they found what they all feared the most.

"We located a grave on the property," said the Sheriff.

In that shallow grave was a body now positively identified as B. Gill Clements.

Granger's wife has been taken into custody, and Sheriff's Deputies are thankful for an ugly truck that kept them safe.

The why and the how of the killing of B. Gill Clements are yet to be determined.

Sheriff Nutt says that they are piecing together a picture of Howard Tod Granger, and that his wife may be able to fill the blanks of a tragic and strange crime.

The son of former Governor Bill Clements, B. Gill Clements took over the reigns of his father's oil exploration company Sedco.

It was later sold and became Transocean, best known these days as one of the companies involved in the BP oil spill.

He was also the head of the B. Gill Clements Foundation, a philanthropic non-profit organization.

He was a quiet, peaceful man according to friends.

That's why the events of Friday night have authorities mystified.

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