Police Chief Mourns

By: Nora Seibert/KKTV 11 News
By: Nora Seibert/KKTV 11 News

Colorado Springs Police Chief Luis Velez says as soon as he heard about the shooting, he went to Memorial Hospital, so he could be there when Detective Jared Jensen's family arrived.

Chief Velez said on Wednesday morning, he knew his place was at the hospital helping the family.

"It was a shock for all of us to know one of our officers had been killed,” said Velez, “It was a shock for the family to realize their love one had been taken away."

He says he sent his two deputy chiefs straight out to help with the manhunt for Jereme Lamberth.

"When you see a mother of a police officer or the wife of a police officer sobbing because their loved on has been killed, it’s hard. It touches us on a human level even though we want to be as professional as we can be," said Velez.

As the chief, he says he knows he has a role in Detective Jensen's Memorial Service.

"I will do my part. I will do it as best as I can. I will represent the men and women of this department in a way that will hopefully make them proud," said Velez.

For the Chief, the death of Detective Jensen is of course difficult.

"Emotionally it’s a roller coaster. Then I stop and think, I think I'm going through a rough time. I'm not scratching the surface of what the family is going through," said Velez.

Police are still looking for witnesses to this shooting. If you have any information, call Police at 444-7000.


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