Waukesha, Wis. — The ex-girlfriend of a man who allegedly shot and killed a Wisconsin police officer at his own family’s home says she’s devastated by his “monstrous act.”
Waukesha Police Department spokeswoman Jodie Fawcett said in a news release that Terrill Thomas, 20, is charged with first-degree intentional homicide and hiding a corpse in the death of 52-year-old Waukesha police officer Jennifer Sebena, who was shot while on duty in the village, about 30 miles west of Milwaukee.
Mary Shaw, Thomas’ ex-girlfriend, talked with WISN-TV about Thomas being charged with Sebena’s death.
“It’s heartbreaking. It’s horrible,” Shaw said. “Words can’t even begin to describe it. I’m heartbroken.”
Thomas’ ex-girlfriend said she is very worried about him.
“He needs to turn himself in,” Shaw said. “We need to take care of him as best we can.”
Thomas has been in the Milwaukee County Jail since his arrest shortly after Sebena’s killing.
During the news conference, Fawcett said that Thomas fled the area when he learned the victim was a police officer. Sebena was found slain in her squad car at 4:30 a.m. Friday. The officer’s body was discovered when her partner called her about a suspicious person at the family’s home.
Police said a motive was unclear but that Thomas’ girlfriend had gone to the home a few days before to help Thomas clean and prepare it for sale. Fawcett said Thomas and Sebena had exchanged words before the officer’s death.
Investigators searched Thomas’ father’s home on Wednesday, recovering two rifles and a handgun. They also found a bag containing Sebena’s uniform, along with several casings and bloodstained clothes. The K-9 unit also searched around the state and found a trail of blood in wooded areas near Thomas’ former home in Brown Deer, which is outside Milwaukee.
State police said Thomas’ ex-girlfriend told police Thomas knew the woman’s husband, who had been sentenced to prison.
The address of Thomas’ home is about a block from a strip mall. A man who said he works there said he used to be a friend of Thomas’. The man did not want to give his name and said he can’t talk about Thomas anymore because he is afraid of him.
A woman who answered the door at the home where Thomas lived in Brown Deer said she is Thomas’ mother, but declined to speak to a reporter.
According to WISN-TV, Thomas’ attorney, Geoffrey Zahnd, didn’t return a call for comment.