A Prince George’s County police officer died Tuesday night from injuries he received while in the line of duty.
Officer First Class Thomas P. Jensen, 27, was injured 10 days earlier as he was responding to a call about a disorderly person.
On Feb. 27, he hit a sheet of black ice on Baltimore Avenue at Greenbelt Road in College Park, Md. His police vehicle crashed into a telephone pole.
Jensen was in intensive care at Prince George’s Hospital ever since the night of the accident.
Jensen had been with the Hyattsville District station for five years. His ties to public service run even deeper. His father, Sgt. Tom Jensen, is now retired from the Prince George’s County Police Department.
“Officer Jensen was a beloved member of our police family and his loss is a huge blow to all of us,” said Police Chief Roberto Hylton. “I worked with Officer Jensen’s father and remember when Officer Jensen was born.”
Those who worked alongside Jensen said he courageously battled his injuries up until his death.
"We all thought he was going to pull through,” said Maj. Andrew Ellis. “He had seemed like he was doing better, had his ups and downs, but he just took a turn for the worse last night--it was really devastating when he passed.”
Jensen is survived by his wife of five months, Kristelle Jensen.