Details of Officer Jennifer Sebena's murder released

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by Chris Patterson
by John Cuoco
by Keith Meka

WAUWATOSA -- Husband of Wauwatosa Police Officer Jennifer Sebena, Benjamin Sebena, is charged with First Degree Intentional Homicide in relation to Jennifer's murder. Police released a criminal complaint detailing how Benjamin stalked his wife and allegedly killed her.

According to the complaint, Sebena was summoned by dispatch around 4:24 a.m. Her squad car was found by Wauwatosa Police Officer Stahl with the use of a GPS device. Sebena's squad car was found at 1601 Underwood Ave. Officer Stahl found Sebena lying behind the Wauwatosa Fire Station around 4:30 a.m., and observed she suffered several gunshot wounds to the head.

The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner's Office reports Sebena was shot five times in the head. Two bullets she was shot with belonged to a Makarov pistol owned by her husband, and the other three bullets came from her own service pistol.

The Sebena's Menomonee Falls home was searched by federal agents, and the criminal complaint says both guns were found in the attic.

Benjamin was being questioned by police on Decemeber 24th, and was left alone in a room with recording devices. According to the criminal complaint, a detective heard Benjamin Sebena say something to the effect that Jennifer was helping him and "How could I do that to her?".

The complaint goes on to say on December 26th, Benjamin admitted to detectives that he'd been stalking his wife for several days. He told detectives on December 24th, he waited for his wife at the Wauwatosa Fire Department for several hours. He confesses she began shooting Jennifer as she emerged from the fire department at the end of her break.

In the complaint, Benjamin told detectives it looked like she was reaching for her gun. He also said he took her gun from her, and shot her "three or four" times. He told police he wanted to make sure she was dead so she wouldn't suffer.

During his December 24th interview, Benjamin told investigators he was jealous of other men being around his wife.

According to the criminal complaint, Jennifer told a fellow officer she was the victim of domestic abuse. She said her husband put a gun to her head. The criminal complaint says this admission by Jennifer took place on or about December 6th.

While investigators were searching the Sebena home in Menomonee Falls, federal agents found two holes in the wall made by a person's fist. The two holes in the drywall contained trace blood stains.

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People looking to honor Sebena's memory set up the Remembering Wauwatosa Police Officer Jennifer Sebena Facebook page.

There's also a memorial fund to pay for her funeral. Donations should be sent to Focus Credit Union branches.

Locations:

  • 3180 N. 124th St., Suite A, Wauwatosa, WI 53222.
  • 1530 N. 68th St., Wauwatosa, WI 53213
  • N88-W14930 Main St., Menomonee Falls, WI 53051

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