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Detective Jared Scott Jensen | Colorado Springs Police Department, Colorado Colorado Springs Police Department, Colorado

Detective

Jared Scott Jensen

Colorado Springs Police Department, Colorado

End of Watch: Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 30

Tour: 3 years, 6 months

Badge # 2305

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .44 caliber

Offender: Sentenced to 96 years

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Detective Jared Jensen was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a parolee who was wanted for attempted murder.

Detective Jensen radioed dispatch that he had spotted the suspect near the intersection of Costilla Street and Hancock Avenue and that he was going to make contact with the suspect. After approaching the suspect, Detective Jensen was shot once in the face. Detective Jensen fell to the ground, and the suspect stood over him and shot him again in the face.

Four minutes later citizens called to report a shooting. Responding officers located Detective Jensen on the sidewalk suffering from two gunshot wounds. He was transported to Memorial Hospital where he succumbed to his wounds.

The suspect was apprehended by FBI and ATF agents following a massive manhunt and was subsequently convicted of second degree murder. On May 5, 2008, he was sentenced to 96 years in prison.

Detective Jensen had served with the Colorado Springs Police Department for 3.5 years. He is survived by his wife, parents, brother, sister, two step-brothers, and two step-sisters. One of his brothers also serves with the Colorado Springs Police Department.

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Jared, just thinking about you and your family today. You and I shared a patrol car at the Stetson Hills division. I still remember how you always left it clean and refueled for me as I started my day shift. You liked your healthy energy bars, I remember an occasional wrapper lying around from time to time. I read Jeff's reflection on your 40th B-Day and was sad to hear about your dad's passing. His heart was broken when you were reborn into your new life. My heart went out to him and the rest of the Jensen family when I read his reflections. His profound statements had a significant impact on me and I'll never forget the way he pondered on the last time he saw you and your last phone conversation. He was a very wise man who inspired me to have a new appreciation for God's blessings. I was honored to have met Mr. Thomas Jensen as well as your sister. You and your dad are together now catching up on all the lost time that you should've shared here. I'm sure you answered all his questions about what happened on Feb 22, 2006. Your dad had a lot of "why" questions and now he has his answers. I'll always cherish the commemorative coin he gave me in your honor. Enjoy your dad and give yourselves a tight hug from me.

Frank Romero
Former Colorado Springs police officer
April 20, 2016

 

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