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UPDATE: Bail set at $1M for husband of slain police officer

WAUWATOSA, Wisconsin (WXOW) -- Bail has been set at $1-million for Benjamin Sebena. 

Sebena is charged with first degree intentional homicide in the shooting death of his wife, Wauwatosa police officer Jennifer Sebena.

Sebena appeared in court Thursday afternoon for his initial appearance.  Following the bail discussion, a preliminary hearing date was set for January 3.

A criminal complaint says 30-year-old Jennifer Sebena was found lying on the pavement outside the fire department. She'd been shot five times in the head.

The complaint says Jennifer Sebena told a colleague about three weeks earlier that her husband had put a gun to her head.

The complaint also quotes Ben Sebena as telling investigators he'd been jealous of other men with regard to his wife.

Dispatchers had been trying to reach Officer Sebena early Christmas Eve morning.  When she didn't respond, officers went out to look for her.  They found her body around 5:00 a.m. in downtown Wauwatosa.  She had been shot several times.

Benjamin Sebena is an Iraq War Marine veteran who was awarded the Purple Heart. He's featured in a 2010 video released by Elmbrook Church in Brookfield in which he spoke about his wife, saying "I came back home to Wisconsin and started spending more time with Jen and our love flourished. We became infatuated with each other and then one day I asked her if she would be happy spending the rest of her life with me, and she said 'Yes.'"

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WAUWATOSA (WXOW) -- The husband of a Wauwatosa police officer has been arrested after she was gunned down while on-duty Christmas Eve.

The Wauwatosa Police Department and the Division of Criminal Investigation announced Thursday morning Benjamin Sebena was booked into the Milwaukee County Jail last night on a tentative charge of First Degree Intentional Homicide in the death of his wife, Wauwatosa police officer Jennifer Sebena.

Officers executed a search warrant at the Sebena's Menomonee Falls home Wednesday.

Early Monday morning, the 30-year-old officer was found near her squad car with multiple gunshot wounds. Dispatchers had tried to get her to respond to a call, and when they didn't hear from her, fellow officers went to look for her. They found her body around 5:00 a.m.

Benjamin Sebena is an Iraq War Marine veteran who was awarded the Purple Heart. He's featured in a 2010 video released by Elmbrook Church in Brookfield in which he spoke about his wife, saying "I came back home to Wisconsin and started spending more time with Jen and our love flourished. We became infatuated with each other and then one day I asked her if she would be happy spending the rest of her life with me, and she said 'Yes.'"

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