An off-duty Brooklyn police officer has admitted to shooting her ex-girlfriend and killing another woman.
Warning: This story has details of a homicide and may distress some readers
Yvonne Wu, 31, a police officer with Brooklyn's 72nd Precinct, has been charged with the attempted murder of her ex-girlfriend Jenny Li, 23, and with the murder of Li's new girlfriend, Jamie Liang, 24.
Wu was allegedly waiting at Li's home in Bensonhurst on October 13 when the two women arrived home and Wu opened fire. She allegedly shot Liang in the chest in the living room, and then Li in the torso while she was in the bedroom.
Liang died in hospital from the gunshot wound. Li is in a serious but stable condition.
Calls were made to 911 about the shooting. Emergency services rushed both victims to Maimonides Hospital.
The New York Post reports that Officer Wu, a 5-year veteran of the force, had recently split with Li but was hoping for a reconciliation.
Wu reportedly surrendered to police calmly. The Post reported: “When the cops get there, she says, ‘I shot them both. The gun’s inside,’ calm as can be,” the source said.
“This is a shock. Wu was a quiet, sweet person,” another police source said.
Cell phone video posted online shows Wu being apprehended by police officers shortly after the shooting.
Assistant Chief Michael Kemper, speaking at a news conference, said that the shooting was being treated as a homicide and that Wu, who has been evaluated at a hospital and is being held in custody, had been “calm and collected and very forthcoming” in telling colleagues who responded to the scene what had happened.
“Simply put, she confessed,” said Chief Kemper, the commanding officer of Patrol Borough Brooklyn South.
According to neighbors, the shooting happened around 4:30pm.
Asked whether the officer had used her service weapon in the shooting, Kemper said that there was a “very good chance” that was the case.
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