July 23, 2014

‘Person of interest’ in police officer’s death

Wauwatosa Police said Wednesday that they are “working with a person-of-interest” in connection with the Christmas Eve slaying of a police officer. A joint statement from local police and the Wisconsin Department of Justice did not indicate whether the person is a suspect in the shooting death of 30 year-old Jennifer Sebena. The Wauwatosa Patch website reported that the slain officer’s husband, Benjamin Sebena, had been taken into custody.

The state DOJ is leading the investigation, and both agencies said they “continue to pursue multiple investigative leads.” The joint statement also repeated that there’s no reason to believe there’s an imminent threat to the general public.

Sebena, who had been on the force nearly two years, was shot to death early Monday morning near the downtown Wauwatosa fire station. She had failed to respond to a dispatcher’s call, and it took fellow officers two hours to find her body. She was the first officer from the Milwaukee suburb to be killed in the line of duty.  Funeral services are tentatively set for Saturday.