Colo. trial to begin in death of cop who was Rockford native

Sadie Gurman

The trial for a man accused of killing a police officer and former Auburn High School graduate started this week, the El Paso County district attorney’s office said.

Jared Jensen, 30, was killed by a man he was trying to arrest on Feb. 22, 2006.

Jereme Lamberth, 31, who was wanted for stabbing his sister 13 times, is said to have shot Jensen in the head as he was handcuffing him. Lamberth was arrested two hours later.

Jensen attended Rock Valley College form 1995 to 1996 and graduated in 2000 from Otterbein College in Westerville, Ohio, with a degree in theater.

He was an active part of Rockford’s theater scene, and worked as a professional actor in Chicago before moving to Colorado, where he joined the Colorado Springs police force in 2002. He worked for the Vice, Narcotics and Intelligence bureau, where he worked undercover. He was in street clothes when he was killed.

Lamberth has a storied criminal past and served two prison terms. He was released on parole about a year before he was arrested in connection with Jensen’s shooting death. Lamberth could face life in prison without parole if he’s convicted of first-degree murder.

Rockford Register Star