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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, It has been awhile since I last paid my respect to your memory, for that I apologize. I never forget those who help shape my life. The brief time we spent as sector partners in sand creek was a time I will never forget. I was faced with some life altering events. Those events showed me those who cared and those who judged from a far. You helped me with a simple ride home when you had no obligation to do so. That was enough for me to forever offer my thanks. I am doing very well now. I have become a federal investigator and took sole custody of my two boys. My oldest is in college and the youngest will soon follow. I know if you was still with us you would have accomplished great things. Rest easy and know you will always be apart of my thoughts.

Inv James Taggart III
US Courts
June 28, 2016

 

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