WAUWATOSA, WI (WSAU) Authorities say Benjamin Sebena admits being a jealous husband. But they’re still not sure why he allegedly killed his wife on Christmas Eve, while she was on-duty as a Wauwatosa police officer. A motive is still being investigated.
The 30-year-old Benjamin was charged yesterday in Milwaukee County with first-degree intentional homicide in the shooting death of 30-year-old Jennifer Sebena. He’s being held under a one-million-dollar bond, and he’s due back in court next Thursday when a judge will decide if there’s enough evidence to order a trial.
Prosecutors said Benjamin Sabena stalked his wife for several days – and early Monday, he hung out near the downtown Wauwatosa fire station where officers often take breaks. Officials said he opened fire when he saw her squad car. She was shot twice in the back of the head with a nine-millimeter weapon and three times in the face with her .40-caliber police revolver.
Prosecutors said Ben wanted to make sure his wife was dead so she wouldn’t suffer. Police said Ben Sabena, an Iraq War veteran, contacted Wauwatosa Police about three hours after the murder – and he never asked what happened, even after being told his wife was killed. He was later overheard saying, “How could I do that to her?”
He reportedly told officers he was jealous of other men in regards to his wife – and prosecutors said she told a colleague that he was violent to her, and had put a gun to her head. But Wauwatosa Police Chief Barry Weber said he was not aware of issues that would have raised concerns about Jennifer Sabena’s safety. He said she had everything he could hope for in a young officer – intelligence, energy, and a willingness to be a great officer.
Her funeral is tomorrow in Brookfield.