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Wis. police find 'person of interest' in shooting

  • Associated Press
  • December 26, 2012 - 3:12 PM

WAUWATOSA, Wis. - Investigators said Wednesday they've found a person of interest in the shooting of a police officer patrolling on Christmas Eve.

Wauwatosa police discovered their colleague, 30-year-old Jennifer L. Sebena, dead early Monday morning a couple hours after she failed to respond to radio calls. She had suffered several gunshot wounds.

State agents were working with a person of interest but were still pursuing multiple leads, police said in a statement Wednesday that did not identify the person and offered few details. Wauwatosa is a city of about 46,000 people just west of Milwaukee.

"We continue to believe that there is no immediate threat to the general welfare of the public," according to the release by the Wisconsin Department of Justice and the Wauwatosa police chief.

A state Justice Department spokeswoman declined comment Wednesday. Sebena's funeral was tentatively scheduled for Saturday.

Pastor Scott Arbeiter, at Elmbrook Church in Brookfield, said he has been counseling Sebena's mother and her in-laws though he didn't know Sebena and her husband, Ben, well.

"We're crushed," he said. "We're heartbroken. This is just not the news that anyone expects or welcomes, and we are just grieving deeply with the family."

The Wauwatosa Police Department, where Sebena worked for two years, noted Wednesday that a memorial fund had been set up through the Wauwatosa Peace Officer's Association. Donations can be dropped off at any Focus Credit Union Branch.

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