National memorial board reconsiders honoring fallen Wauwatosa officer

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National memorial board reconsiders honoring fallen Wauwatosa officer

By Jay Sorgi and the WTMJ News Team. CREATED Mar 20, 2013 - UPDATED: Mar 21, 2013

WAUWATOSA -  A board of directors for a memorial in Washington, D.C. is reconsidering whether to allow the name of a fallen Wauwatosa police officer to be placed on the memorial.

A petition has been placed online in support of Jennifer Sebena's case.

Sebena's husband allegedly shot and killed her while she was on duty Christmas Eve outside Wauwatosa's fire station.

Since it was a suspected domestic dispute, the board initially decided not to place her name on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial.

"I look at it as a very unfortunate initial decision," said Brian Dorow, the dean of criminal justice at Waukesha County Technical College.

The TODAY'S TMJ4 I-Team looked into the criteria for submitting a name for the memorial.  The criteria did not mention domestic violence.

"It doesn't, and that's why I'm fairly certain when they review it again, they'll change their minds," said Dorow.

Wisconsin's attorney general, J.B. Van Hollen, has also asked for the group to change its mind, and wrote a letter to the group.

“I strongly disagree that Officer Sebena’s death was not in the line of duty. I strongly disagree with any suggestion that a line of duty death cannot result from an incident of domestic violence,”said the Attorney General.

Benjamin Sebena faces a charge of first-degree murder in the case.  He has pleaded insanity.