Detective Jared Jensen
Colorado Springs Police Department
End of Watch: Wednesday, February 22, 2006
Tour of Duty: 3 years, 6 months
Badge Number: 2305
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: Wednesday, February 22, 2006
Weapon Used: Handgun; .44 caliber
Suspect Info: Apprehended
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 an FBI agent and an ATF agent following a massive manhunt.
Detective Jensen had served with the Colorado Springs Police Department for 3.5 years. He is survived by his wife and brother, who also serves with the Colorado Springs Police Department.
I finished work early today, and when I got home I turned on the TV. The channel that was on was broadcasting the memorial service for this young man. Being from the greater Los Angeles area, the loss of an officer is something you hear about all too frequently. Here in Colorado Springs, it’s rare (the last time an officer was killed was 23 years ago). How often do we get to be a part of one of their memorial services? I felt privileged to share in this one. Shortly after I tuned in, Jared’s father started to speak. He was remarkably composed. He spoke of the deepest hope he and his family had in seeing their son again. He shared his family’s deep faith in the Lord. He shared stories so that we would know just what kind of man this son of his was. And he sounded like he was one of the truly good men. Near the end of his eulogy, the father shared about going to a special mass called the Angel Mass once a year at his church. He went to commemorate his two daughters who had already passed away. And now, he was going to be commemorating the loss of a third child. Unfathomable pain this family must be feeling. It is unimaginable for me to think of the grief they are living with, both new grief, and old grief brought to the surface by this newest tragedy.
When you read this, please say a prayer for this family and for the larger family of police officers here in Colorado Springs.