Police Officer Jennifer Lynn Sebena
Wauwatosa Police Department, Wisconsin
End of Watch: Monday, December 24, 2012
Tour of Duty: 2 years
Badge Number: Not available
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: December 24, 2012
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Info: At large
Agency Contact Information
Chief of Police Barry Weber
Wauwatosa Police Department
1700 N 116 Street
Wauwatosa, WI 53226
Phone: (414) 471-8430
Police Officer Jennifer Sebena was shot and killed near the intersection of Underwood and Harmonee while on patrol.
Shortly before 5:00 am dispatchers attempted to contact her but failed to received a response. Other officers began searching for her and found her body suffering from several gunshot wounds near the Wauwatosa Fire Department’s parking lot.
The suspect(s) remain at large.
Officer Sebena had served with the Wauwatosa Police Department for two years. She is survived by her husband.
A homicide investigation is under way in the death of Wauwtosa police officer Jennifer Lynn Sebena, 30, whose body was found early Christmas Eve morning in the Village area of the city.
Wauwatosa Police Lt. Gerald Witkowski said at a noon press conference that the on-duty officer was struck by multiple gunshots. Dispatchers had tried to reach her between 3 and 5 a.m. without success, and officers searched for her. A fellow officer found her dead about 5 a.m.
Witkowski would not say whether Sebena was shot in her squad car. He also would not speculate as to what led to the shooting. He did say that she was on patrol alone and that she did not call for backup.
Sebena is married, Witkowski said, but he did not know if she had children. She joined the department in January 2011.
The area near the shooting remained closed off as of noon Monday, and the shooter or shooters remain at large. Witkowski said there are no suspects as of noon. Anyone with information about the incident is encouraged to call the Tosa Police tip line at (414) 771-8672.
According to the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Memorial web site, Sebena is the first Wauwatosa officer to be killed in the line of duty.
"We do not believe there is any safety risk to the local residents in the area of the Village," Witkowski said at an 8:30 a.m. news conference, "but by the nature of the investigation that’s taking place, we’re asking residents and curiosity-seekers to avoid the area of Wauwatosa Avenue, Church Street, Milwaukee Avenue to the north, and to the south, Harmonee Avenue."
"There’s a lot of heavy hearts. It’s not a believeable thing," Witkowski said.
The incident happened at the corner of Harmoneee and Underwood near the Wauwatosa Fire Station.
Witkoski said the investigation was being assisted by the Wisconsin Department of Criminal Investigation is heading the investigation and that the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office was on the scene.
Officers from Brookfield, West Allis, Elm Grove and the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Department were also assisting.
Asked why there was such a massive response, Witkowski said: "Because we’ve lost an officer."