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Deputies Kill Northern California Illegal Marijuana Grower

August 24, 2017
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DURHAM, Calif. (AP) — Northern California authorities have shot and killed an illegal marijuana grower they say confronted sheriff’s deputies with a gun.

The Butte County Sheriff’s Office says 56-year-old Mark Jensen died Tuesday night in the community of Durham.

Authorities say code enforcement officers approached Jensen at his home on Monday and told him he was violating the county’s marijuana cultivation law. The enraged grower began making threatening calls to police and code-enforcement officers, who got a warrant to arrest him.

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Hearing that he had guns, a SWAT team and crisis negotiators went to his home, where at some point Jensen threatened to shoot a motorist then holed up inside.

When he finally came outside, authorities say he had a loaded handgun that he pointed at deputies.

He was killed with a single shot.

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  • Matt South

    Where’s the body cam?

    • Roger Palmer

      EXACTLY!

  • Mic

    hey guys whats gonna happen to your souls…killing a man over tomatoes…and being a department that is cowardly and fearful….no cops during the revolutionary war…no cops during the civil war..there is no clause or ariticle that gives a man who thinks hes authority the right to kill anyone and it is illegal to assume anyone has broken the law..gentlemen and ladies of law enforcement…the founding fathers are ashamed of your pompus lies of authority..lead by the most stupid elected fools….and god sorry to say doesnt know you whatever building you assume is better than any other…..screw you assholes..

    • Kevin

      It’s self defense

    • Ken Russell

      Growing up in the world of pot that I did, we lived more peacefully. Your obscene rant against whatever it is you are ranting about is evidence of perhaps more than one damaged brain cell. How about writing a coherent statement?

    • Kenny Hotz

      If someone is beating you with a bat, by your logic you do not have a right to protect yourself and must endure the beating even if it means death. You can not judge this man as doing something illegal, you must wait until he kills you so the courts can deem him a criminal. You do not have the right to self defense in your eye even though it has been held up in the highest courts on the state and federal level. 2nd gives us the right to bear arms. Do you think our forefathers did this so we could just walk around and look cool with a gun?

      Policing goes back to 1626. You may notice that is prior to our founding or maybe you dont, you do seem to think this is over tomatoes and not illegal felony activity.

  • Mic

    haha what cowards..god doesnt know them now…and that may sound insignificant..but we all know when a killers darkness comes over the mind….see ya guys….should have listened and not been conned by the devil.

  • Jack TheTech

    Yes, you will be murdered for growing plants.
    Who does this serve or protect?
    Not Mr. Jensen, that’s for sure.

    But, the ax of responsibility must swing both ways.
    Even if Mr. Jensen was 110% in the right, and the LEOs were 120% in the wrong, he should have never pointed a weapon at anyone, especially law enforcement.
    The argument’s over now, and Mr. Jensen lost.

    • Kevin

      Exactly

  • calvet11

    This man should never have been harmed. Blood is on the hand’s of a government that has delegitimated a common plant. Mr. Jensen, I am sure, did not want to die that day, I am also sure that after years of being illegal Mr. Jensen was hyper-paranoid and the LEO’s were full of adrenalin and in fear for their lives. So the result was foretold long ago. Major mistakes on both sides, but the point is it should never have happened. After all how many farmers with a field full of wheat are woke up in the middle of the night by heavily armed men in black. It’s just a plant for God’s sake. I do not have all the facts on this case but this sounds like this is how this tragedy played out. Just so sad for everyone involved.

    • Kevin

      He resisted arrest and threatened the cops with a gun

      • calvet11

        Yes he was shot because in great part Mr. Jenson was a colossal dimwit. Still, just saying, you know, dead, sad.

    • Ken Russell

      This has nothing to do with the pot he was growing. It has everything to do with entitlement, refusal to submit to authority, and threatening the lives of officers. When the occasion warrants it, officers have a right to defend themselves, just as you or I do. He did something stupid, death is final, and he made the choice. Therefore, one has to question, did he or did he not want to die that day. Wouldn’t be the first suicide by cop.

      • calvet11

        You are right in all respects. I would like to point out that it didn’t need to go that far. The way the cops handled it left a lot to be desired. It was “POT” for God’s sake, not a bank robber, Arab terrorist or child molester. Mr. Jensen made very bad choses, and he paid for them, paid a LOT. Mr. Jensen is DEAD, and cannabis is still plentiful, what has changed? Mr. Jenson had a gun and was stupid with it, ergo he’s dead. Once again it didn’t have to go this far.

        • Ken Russell

          I appreciate your dialogue. May I add a thought? I wanted to illustrate that it was ultimately Mr. Jenson who is responsible for his death. What I really want to ensure ( as if little ole me can make a difference ) is that the hysteria surrounding this case doesn’t bleed over into the efforts to move legalization forward for all of us, and cause a backlash that could stall, or even deep six any efforts to make this wonderful plant available to us all. In California, it is no longer nescessary to illegally grow pot, and I am waiting for the day when it is legal for us all. I actually never thought that we would see it in our lifetime, and to have a bunch of illegal growers place our long awaited dream in danger, really pisses me off. Cooperate with the laws in place for marijuana, and we will all soon live in a more tranquil, and peaceful world. Thanks for your courteous reply to my comment.

          • calvet11

            Thank you sir, intelligent conversation is a rare commodity.

    • Andrew Smith

      If he held a gun on the deputies and they felt their lives were in danger they were well within their rights. Also, it’s people like this man that is harming the legalization movement. By continuing to grow illegally, it gives the justice department reason to conclude that ending prohibition isn’t going to matter because there will always be a black market.

      • Ken Russell

        I hadn’t read your statement when I made my statement above. But we are in 100% agreement. When it is no longer nescessary for someone to grow their own, yet they do it anyway, with disastrous consequences, legalization is put at risk of going the way of the Dodo bird. We just can’t give Sessions any more ammo, period. United we succeed!

    • William

      “”The drug war was never about drugs. Nixon was scared by the counter culture, and Blacks.” H. R. Haldeman

  • ALAN GANN

    ANOTHER PERSON KILLED BECAUSE OF CORRUPTION AND GREED BY POLITICIANS AND LAW ENFORCEMENT WORKING TOGETHER TO KEEP CANNABIS ILLEGAL ALL THE WHILE KNOWING IT HELPS BETTER THAN ANYTHING THEIR RICH BRIBERS PROFITS FROM AS THEY ARE KILLING US!!! TIME THE KILLING OF WE THE PEOPLE TO STOPS AND TIME CANNABIS IS LEGAL PERIOD!! #WeHaveTheNumbers #RiseUpAndFight #ResistTheirGreedAndCorruption

    • Andrew Smith

      You should go back and reread the article if you read it at all. California is now a legal state and this man continued to grow illegally. When the deputies approached him he apparently refused to cooperate and instead made threats to the sheriffs department. They then obtained a warranty and this man threatened them with violence. This is the type of belligerent behavior that hurts the marijuana legalization movement. People should learn to think before they act.

      • ALAN GANN

        IF IT IS SO LEGAL THAN WHY DO YOU GET KILLED FOR IT!?!? THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS THAT NO MATTER HOW WE CHOSE TO USE CANNABIS PERIOD IT SHOULD BE LEGAL AND THEIR SHOULD BE NO EXCEPTION!! THAT IS WHAT THE WHOLE PROBLEM WITH THIS THING AND PEOPLE LIKE YOU SAYING IT IS LEGAL!! IF IT IS SO LEGAL WHY WAS THIS MAN KILLED FOR GROWING IT!! TELL ME AGAIN HOW LEGAL IT IS!! WE NEED ACCESS TO THE WHOLE PLANT SO WE CAN LIVE WHOLE LIVES!! ALL WE WANT IS TO LIVE AND NOT NEEDLESSLY SUFFER DOING IT!! SO UNTIL IT IS REALLY LEGAL TRY AGAIN WITH YOUR ARGUMENT!! SORRY BUT YOU ARE NOT RIGHT AND EVEN YOU KNOW IT TOO!!

    • calvet11

      Turn it down a notch Sparky. I agree with you……

      • ALAN GANN

        NOT SHOUTING IF YOU READ OR KNEW ME I AM A DISABLED VETERAN WITH ONLY ONE WORKING ARM AND AN OLD LAPTOP SETUP BY VA TO HELP ME ONLINE DO ALL I NEED TO SO HOPE YOU CAN UNDERSTAND SOME NEED HELP OTHERS MAY NOT BUT THANKS ANYWAY!! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/01ea1f982945e51631a3087f1ce0da896cddfcf32e2002b9c732e0361fb0f0f8.jpg

        • calvet11

          Dear Sir, Please accept my apology. I am also a veteran. I did leap before I looked. Sorry!

          • ALAN GANN

            SIR DO NOT BE SORRY FROM ONE VETERAN TO ANOTHER!! WE ALL DO THINGS THAT WE DO NOT THINK ABOUT WITH FULL UNDERSTANDING!! I GET SO MUCH CRAP FROM SO MANY ABOUT THE WAY I TYPE BUT IF I COULD BUY A BETTER LAPTOP OR DID NOT HAVE TO BE LIKE THIS I WOULD GLADLY DO THAT SO DO NOT WORRY ONE BIT!! WE ALL NEED TO STAY TOGETHER THERE IS SO MUCH MORE TO WORRY ABOUT THEN THE WAY SOMEONE TYPES!! JUST KEEP FIGHTING THE GOOD FIGHT I HAVE CRPS/RSD AND IT IS MORE PAINFUL THEN I CAN HANDLE ON MOST DAYS AND CANNABIS HELPS MORE THAN ANY PILLS SO WE NEED TO FIGHT TO HELP ALL NEEDLESSLY SUFFERING UNTIL CANNABIS IS LEGAL AND ALL THAT SUFFER ARE HELPED!! THANK YOU FOR THE KIND WORDS AND HOOAH SIR FIGHT ON MY GOOD MAN!! #ResistTheirGreedAndCorruption #MakeCannabisLegal https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/8c402745124a79a2df319c8e0caa9da53222b38ebd33e41f89a464143ce9a754.jpg

          • calvet11

            From your laptop (I’ll pray you get a better one), to God’s ears my man. When vets get together good things happen. Some times the bast*rds just need the holy crap bombed out of them, but conversation is ALWAYS best first.

  • lovingc

    Jenson was likely upset that his income was being vaporized by cops trying to thin out illegal grows. There was a better way to do this but, when all you have is a hammer every problem looks like a nail. And Mr Jenson was nailed. Why didn’t they call him and talk rather than show up in the middle of the night with their guns out. He sure wasn’t going to hide his crop.

    • 143jeanne

      Read again.He was approached first and then started calling the cops.They came back. I think I read that right. The cops went to get a warrant. I am sorry this man died.

      • Ken Russell

        you read right!

      • calvet11

        I will almost always side with the LEO’s. In this one case, if the report is correct, and Mr. Jenson was given every chance to get his sh*t together. Well then the result disproves the old saying,” You Can’t Fix Stupid” apparently you can.

        • 143jeanne

          Cruel truth.

  • MFP

    Sounds to me like California has not really “legalized.” IF they legalized how do you have illegal growers?
    Fact of the matter is that “legalization” is a joke, and it has not happened anywhere in the United States as of yet.

    The usurpers had no more right to criminalize than they do to legalize. We are born with all rights, government exists to protect those rights, not to trample them. Not to dole them out to us.

    What do you think?