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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

Incident Date: 2/22/2006

Weapon: Handgun; .44 caliber

Suspect: Sentenced to 96 years

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Detective Jared Jensen was shot and killed while attempting 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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I had the pleasure of meeting your brother several years ago when I worked on a homicide case that lead to the Springs from my home state of New Jersey. Your brother Jeff told us about your sacrifice. It is something that stayed with me since I visited in 2008. I decided that this year I would ride for those who died in the Police Unity Tour to benefit the National Law Enforcement Memorial in Washington, D.C. You were the first officer I thought to honor. Your brother went out of his way to help us on the case that brought me and my co workers to Colorado that year. Jeff along with your co worker Det. Mike Happ and Maresha Hale (I hope I spelled it right) treated us like we worked together in the same department. Whatever we needed they went out of their way to help us get the job done and put a murderer in jail. That is how this profession works, we take care of our own. I could think of no other way to thank you, your brother and your entire family for the sacrifice you made, than to ride on the tour this year in your honor. I will wear a memorial bracelet during the ride that I will then send to Jeff to give to your family. The motto of the Police Unity Tour is "We ride for those who died." I am riding for you, your mom and dad and all your family and friends. The reflections I see on this site have given me but a small idea of your character. They will never forget and I will work to raise money to keep the walls of the memorial everlasting. I am a part of Chapter 37 named for the 37 Port Authority NY/NJ Police Officers who perished in the 9/11 attacks. I have 9 co workers who are part of that chapter. We will be leaving on May 9 from the former World Trade Center Site and ride 300 miles over four days to the Law Enforcement Memorial in Washington, D.C. We will arrive on May 12 and attend the candle light vigil that night. I will make sure that I find your name on the wall. Thank you for your sacrifice.

Detective James Brazofsky
Bergen County Prosecutor's Office NJ
April 14, 2014

 

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