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Wauwatosa cop killing: Thursday press conference after charges filed


WAUWATOSA, WI (WSAU) -  Investigators held their first press conference Thursday following the arrest of a Wauwatosa police officer’s husband. Wauwatosa Police Chief Barry Weber and David L. Spakowicz, Department of Justice Director of Field Operations, Division of Criminal Investigations took questions from the media, but largely limited their answers to what is in the criminal complaint, so as not to endanger an ongoing investigation.

Benjamin Gabriel Sebena made an initial appearance in Milwaukee County court, where Judge David J. Borowski set a one-million dollar cash bond. Ben Sebena is charged with shooting his wife, officer Jennifer Sebena five times in the head outside of her squad car near the Wauwatosa Fire Station.

The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s report says Jennifer Sebena was shot twice in the head from behind with the 9mm weapon and three times in the face with a .40-caliber weapon. Investigators found three .40-cal. shell casings in the parking lot that were consistent with the type used by Wauwatosa police service weapons. Investigators say Jennifer Sebena’s weapon was missing from the scene.

The Sebena home was searched Wednesday for a second time. Police found Jennifer Sebena's service pistol and another handgun hidden in the basement ceiling. The other gun fires a rare type of ammunition, which matches shell casings found at the murder scene.

Sebena told police he began shooting her after she walked out of the fire station, and said he took the gun from her holster and shot her in the face three or four times. According to the criminal complaint, Ben Sebena stated that he wanted to, “Make sure she was dead, so she wouldn’t suffer,"

The criminal complaint also says Sebina had held a gun to his wife’s head during a December 6th domestic incident.

Ben Sebena will appear in court for a preliminary hearing January 3rd at 8:30 a.m.

Funeral services for the slain officer are scheduled for Saturday at Elmbrook Church in Brookfield, WI.