"I'm very, very saddened about Amanda's death. It's very personal to me. She was my friend. We worked together for 11 years. She was always smiling and always ready to help anyone. When I got the news, I just kind of fell apart, to tell the truth, because she was such a fine young lady. It's a great loss to the city, a great loss to the families. My heart just breaks for her parents and her."
Assistant City Manager Chet Simmons:
“I’m still in shock. I was devastated when I heard. She was one of those people who is always thinking of everyone else first."
Councilman Sergio Contreras:
"It’s painful. It’s like losing a family member. It’s absolutely tragic."
POLICE CAPTAIN, CITY CLERK FOUND DEAD WITH APPARENT GUNSHOT WOUNDS AFTER SEAL BEACH STANDOFF: POLICE
JULY 17, 2017
[Excerpts] A Los Alamitos police captain [Rick Moore] and a city clerk [Amanda Jensen] have been identified as the man and woman who were found dead inside a Seal Beach apartment Monday morning following an hours-long standoff... The line was disconnected at some point during the call, which was made around 7:20 p.m.... Officers arriving at the scene surrounded the apartment building and evacuated nearby homes while a SWAT team responded to a possible barricade situation... Hours later, police entered the apartment and discovered the deceased man and woman... The relationship between Moore and Jensen was not immediately known, but several neighbors told KTLA that the two had just moved to the building four months ago, and had a number of domestic disputes during that time... [Full article here]
FOR SWAT TEAM, A SEAL BEACH SHOOTING BECAME PERSONAL WHEN CAPTAIN WAS FOUND DEAD
July 18, 2017
[Excerpts] ...At the scene, not long after 8, [Los Alamitos Police Chief Eric Nunez] had learned that one of his captains was involved and pulled his officers off of the case... “I saw them suiting up and knew I did not want my guys on the entry team with a possibility of having to confront their own police captain”... From September to June 3, Garden Grove police responded to Jensen’s house in that city three times on domestic calls... “All (of the calls) involved their relationships and arguments”... In one of the calls, Moore was listed as the victim, with Jensen referred to as the victim in the other two. No one was ever arrested... The Police Department has no plans at the moment to hold a memorial for the captain. Nunez said he wants to wait until the investigation provides some clarity about what happened inside the apartment. “There are one of two ways this went down,” Nunez said. “One way and we’d honor his service. The other would be reprehensible and not worthy of the uniform.” [Full article here]
INVESTIGATION CONTINUES INTO DEATHS OF POLICE CAPTAIN, CITY CLERK IN SEAL BEACH APARTMENT
July 18, 2017
[Excerpts] ...Los Alamitos Police Capt. Rick Moore, 49, and Westminster City Clerk Amanda Jensen, 37, suffered apparent gunshot wounds, according to Sgt. Michael Henderson, spokesman for the Seal Beach Police Department... Police received a call about 7:20 p.m. Sunday from a woman in an apartment near 7th Street and Central Avenue who requested officers’ assistance, authorities said. The call was then disconnected.... Officers quickly surrounded the apartment and the SWAT team responded... As city clerk, Jensen, a Garden Grove resident, was responsible for administering local elections, and maintaining records of business and official actions taken in Westminster... [Full article here]
2 BODIES FOUND IN SEAL BEACH APARTMENT ARE THAT OF A LOS ALAMITOS POLICE CAPTAIN AND WESTMINSTER’S CITY CLERK
July 17, 2017
A Los Alamitos police captain and Westminster’s city clerk were found dead early Monday morning when a SWAT team entered an apartment with the help of a robot, hours after police got a distress call and gunshots rang out... The bodies of Capt. Rick Moore, 49, of Seal Beach and City Clerk Jensen, 37, of Garden Grove were discovered at about 2 a.m... Shelley Hasselbrink, the Los Alamitos mayor, said Moore was “a terrific police officer... We’re a small city. So everyone knows each other”... [Building maintenance man] Greg Meier said the man’s girlfriend visited him and there had been some type of conflicts between them in the past: “It’s been a volatile relationship.” Jensen’s death is devastating for Westminster, officials there said. She had worked in the Westminster City Clerk’s Office for 11 years, as a deputy clerk and then as the assistant city clerk. She became the head of the office in 2015... [Full article here]
WESTMINSTER CITY CLERK AND LOS AL POLICE CAPTAIN DEAD IN MURDER-SUICIDE?
July 18, 2017
[Excerpts] Westminster’s city clerk and a Los Alamitos Police Department captain were found shot to death in a Seal Beach apartment early Monday. Police investigators are not yet saying if it was a murder/suicide. But witnesses told the Orange County Register that Amanda Jensen was visiting her boyfriend Rick Moore and that they heard her yell, “No, don’t do this” and then multiple gunshots... Dispatchers received a 9-1-1 call just after 7:15 p.m. Sunday from Jensen asking for police assistance at an apartment in the 100 block of 7th Street, but the line went dead. As officers arrived, witnesses reportedly told them they had heard the gunshots. A police perimeter was set up around the apartment and surrounding area due to fears a barricaded suspect might be inside. However, after hours of no response coming from inside, SWAT officers forced their way in and found the bodies around 2 a.m... they had been dead since around 7:30 p.m. Sunday... [Full article here]
POLICE SAY LOS ALAMITOS CAPTAIN SHOT EX-GIRLFRIEND, THEN HIMSELF
July 20, 2017
[Excerpts] A Los Alamitos police captain fatally shot his ex-girlfriend three times with a personal firearm and then killed himself with that weapon... The Orange County Coroner’s Office on Thursday completed autopsies... the 17-year Los Alamitos officer used his personal .380 caliber semi-automatic handgun, not a police-issued firearm... The investigation is ongoing, Henderson said, and a formal report and toxicology results are still pending... Earlier Thursday, the Orange County District Attorney’s Office announced it had looked into two cases of potential domestic violence [between] Moore and Jensen. Allegations could not be corroborated, said Michelle Van Der Linden, spokeswoman for the District Attorney’s Office, and no charges were filed. Van Der Linden said the DA’s Office was aware of “several incidents” between the pair in the past. Police responded to Jensen’s Garden Grove house three times from September to June 3... About a year earlier, on June 8, 2016, Westminster police received an anonymous letter asking officers to investigate Moore on suspicion of domestic violence, Van Der Linden said. Officials have not released what was in the letter. DA investigators followed up by interviewing Moore and Jensen. “Jensen stated that Moore never hit her and that she injured herself during a verbal argument, resulting in self-inflicted bruising and other injuries,” Van Der Linden said. In the interview, Jensen also mentioned a previous instance when “Moore had physically assaulted her, and she provided a photo showing a bruise as supporting evidence.” She later recanted, and Moore denied the allegations. “We could not file on either case as neither could be proven beyond a reasonable doubt,” Van Der Linden said. It is “a heartbreaking tragedy.” [Full article here]
CITIES STUNNED BY LOSS OF AMANDA JENSEN
July 24, 2017 04:27pm
[Excerpts] The cities of Westminster and Garden Grove continue grieving the loss of Amanda Jensen, who was shot to death by her ex-boyfriend in his Seal Beach apartment last week, authorities said. Jensen, 37 and a mother of three, was the city clerk for Westminster and a resident of Garden Grove. "I'm very, very saddened about Amanda's death," said Westminster City Councilwoman Margie Rice. "It's very personal to me. She was my friend. We worked together for 11 years. She was always smiling and always ready to help anyone. When I got the news, I just kind of fell apart, to tell the truth, because she was such a fine young lady. It's a great loss to the city, a great loss to the families. My heart just breaks for her parents and her"... Police were called to Jensen’s Garden Grove home three times from September, 2016 to June 3 of this year, each time for domestic disputes. Twice, Jensen told police that Moore had struck her. The June 3 incident was investigated by the DA. It turned into a “She said, he said” case, authorities said, and there was not enough evidence to pursue charges. About a year earlier, the DA investigated after Westminster police received an anonymous letter asking them to investigate Moore for domestic abuse. The DA interviewed Moore and Jensen. Jensen stated that Moore had never assaulted her, authorities said. Amanda Jensen called being city clerk a “dream job.” She worked at Westminster City Hall for 11 years. In her off time, she was a troop leader for the Girl Scouts of Orange County and served as event chair for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life event in Garden Grove... [Full article here]
WESTMINSTER HOLDS VIGIL FOR LONGTIME CITY EMPLOYEE SHOT AND KILLED IN SEAL BEACH APARTMENT
August 2, 2017
[Excerpts] The clock tower at the Civic Center here became an epicenter of grieving, reflection and remembrance Wednesday night in the face of tragedy. A vigil was held there in honor of Amanda Jensen, 37, a Garden Grove resident, mother of three, and the city clerk of Westminster... On Wednesday, Aug. 2, Westminster held a candlelight vigil for their employees, with mourners gathering outside the Civic Center. City Manager Eddie Manfro and an official of a center for domestic-violence survivors opened the ceremony. Then, the microphone opened for anyone who wanted to share stories of Jensen, who had worked for the city for 11 years and as the city clerk since 2015. [Full article here]
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