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Pr. George's officer injured in Feb. crash dies

A Prince George’s County police officer critically injured responding to a call in the Hyattsville area in February has died, authorities said Wednesday.

The officer, Pfc. Thomas Jensen, had been hospitalized in a medically induced coma since the Feb. 27 crash, according to authorities. He died sometime after 9 p.m. Tuesday.

Jensen's car slid on black ice and crashed into a utility pole, according to authorities.

About the time of the crash, Capt. Misty Mints, a police spokeswoman, said that Jensen had sustained significant head trauma and that his condition was “very touch and go.”

Jensen was driving south in the 9000 block of Baltimore Avenue when his car hit the ice and spun out, authorities said. He had been responding to a call about a man who had jumped out a third-story window, then used concrete to break into a woman’s apartment in the 5200 block of Kenilworth Avenue, where he locked himself in a bedroom, police said.

The man, who was apparently high on PCP, was also hospitalized for his injuries jumping from the window, Mints said.

-- Matt Zapotosky

By Washington Post Editors  |  March 10, 2010; 9:42 AM ET
Categories:  Matt Zapotosky , Pr. George's  
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I hate to say it, but somehow PG is going to charge the man with the murder of this police officer....

Posted by: PublicEnemy1 | March 10, 2010 10:28 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: gpl2411 | March 10, 2010 12:07 PM | Report abuse

Misty Mints...nice stripper name :P

Posted by: sigmagrrl | March 10, 2010 1:23 PM | Report abuse

Maybe you've forgotten, but someone who has sworn to protect you has died, trying to do just that. how about some respect? It's the LEAST he deserves from you. Now is not the time for politics, or smart-assedness

Posted by: pgcoresident | March 10, 2010 1:47 PM | Report abuse

maybe you've forgotten but someone who had sworn to protect you died trying to do just that. How about a little bit of respect??

Posted by: pgcoresident | March 10, 2010 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Sorry for the officer and his family, but counties need to do better job clearing roads after snow, I hate to see so many emergency responders and public get hurt.

Posted by: Jim110 | March 10, 2010 4:04 PM | Report abuse

OK. Some of you need to remind yourselves of how you'd feel about the comments made if it were your loved one.
This officer died as a result of injuries incurred while PROTECTING US! Those of us who do not face these kinds of risks kind of take law enforcement for granted. This officer's death is no less appalling and tragic than if he died in a shootout. Think about that the next time you need Police or Fire/EMT. He died responding to a whacked out PCP addict who could've broken into YOUR house.

Posted by: skipfrmdc | March 10, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

f da police. but to the man behind the badge, R.I.P.

Posted by: DATBREEZ | March 10, 2010 6:03 PM | Report abuse

Misty Mints????

PG Co. Policy are such a folly.

Posted by: rkayblock1 | March 10, 2010 6:16 PM | Report abuse

My deepest condolences to the family and colleagues of Pvt. Jensen. While we are at home during the worst weather conditions our first responders are always subjected to risk while trying to provide us with coverage. We thank you Pvt. Jensen for your service to the State of Maryland and Prince George's county and we are deeply sorry for your loss.

Posted by: Ross65 | March 10, 2010 6:23 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: gpl2411 | March 10, 2010 12:07 PM

Posted by: PublicEnemy1 | March 10, 2010 6:33 PM | Report abuse

I for one, am thankful for the Police Officers who serve and the sacrifices they and their family make every day. You never know when or if you will see someone you love alive again. The very same people that are saying such terrible things-are the ones that will scream the loudest when they need help. I honor the memory of Thomas Jensen and his family. He will never be forgotten. He died responding to call-to PROTECT someone he did not know--would you?

Posted by: jamiekohler | March 12, 2010 8:42 AM | Report abuse

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