Thursday, December 27, 2012

Wauwatosa Officer Sebena Fatally Shot Multiple Times In The Head By Husband

Jennifer Lynn Sebena and Benjamin Sebena

Husband had threaten his wife, a Wauwatosa Police Officer weeks earlier with a weapon during a domestic incident before killing her on Christmas Eve.

By H. Nelson Goodson
December 27, 2012

Village of Wauwatosa, Wisconsin - On Thursday, authorities involved in the homicide case of Wauwatosa Police Officer Jennifer Lynn Sebena, 30, confirmed that her husband, Benjamin Sebena, 30, had confessed to killing his wife on Christmas Eve. He was charged on Thursday with first-degree intentional homicide.
 A criminal complaint was released stating that Benjamin had waited for almost two hours between 3:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Wauwatosa Fire Station One for his wife on December 24. He spotted her squad nearby the station and when Officer Sebena emerged from her break at the fire station, Benjamin got close and pulled out a 9MM Cal. handgun and shot her twice in the back of her head from a distance. Sebena tried to reach for her service weapon, but Benjamin disarmed her and then shot her another three times in the face (head) with her .40 Cal. service handgun. Police confirmed, Sebena was shot five times.
Her body was found outside the fire house at Underwood Avenue around 4:28 a.m. by another officer. 
Benjamin told police, he shot Sebena in the head because he wanted to make sure that she was dead and wouldn't suffer. He then took her service weapon, including his gun and hid them in the attic of their residence where authorities recovered them on Wednesday.
Benjamin actually went to the police station asking about his wife because he was worried. On Christmas Day while being questioned by police, he broke down and was detained after thinking out loud and stating, "How could I do that to her?" while he was alone and being video taped in a room. He then confessed to police that he killed her.
Officer Sebena who was seeking a divorce from her husband, on December 6, apparently told another officer that she was a victim of domestic violence when her husband took out a handgun during an argument and then put it to her head, according to the criminal complaint. There is no indication that the officer alerted other officers or the Wauwatosa Police Department (WPD) command about Sebena's abuse by her husband and that she might be in danger. Chief Weber indicated, the domestic abuse was never reported by the officer or Officer Sebena.
Benjamin's outburst resulted from a jealousy rage brought upon his believe that his wife was seeing other men. He admitted of stalking Officer Sebena for days leading to her murder.
The investigation has yet to determine that Officer Sebena was actually cheating on her husband.
Benjamin Sebena remains in custody at the Milwaukee County Jail with a $1 million dollar bond. If convicted, Benjamin is facing life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Benjamin is a Marine Iraq War Veteran who received a Purple Heart for his injuries during his tour of military service. He served two tours in Iraq and was severely injured.
He met Sebena on MySpace and later married her. Officer Sebena is the first to be killed in the line of duty in the 96 year history of the WPD.
She had served in the WPD for several years and had no children. Her funeral services will be held on Saturday in Brookfield.

Criminal complaint at following link:

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