NEW YORK – An off-duty New York police officer who allegedly shot his ex-girlfriend and killed her ex-girlfriend was an exemplary police officer, according to authorities.
A senior NYPD official told our sister station NBC that the female police officer worked at midnight and their annual evaluations exceeded expectations, according to the official.
The official identified the accused officer as Yvonne Wu, 31, of Brooklyn’s 72nd Ward and told NBC Wednesday night that her alleged behavior that night was “out of place” given her strong record.
Police said Wu confessed to shooting his 23-year-old ex-girlfriend and killing his 24-year-old lover Jamie Liang at the ex-girlfriend’s home in Bensonhurst. Charges are pending against the officer, who, according to police, was already at her ex’s home when the other two women arrived. Information about Wu’s lawyer was not immediately available.
Deputy Chief Michael Kemper said patrol officers responded to 911 calls around 5 p.m. and saw the officer, who has served for more than five years in the southern part of Brooklyn, in front of the home on 19th Avenue.
Kemper said Wu told officers that he had shot someone, and when they entered, they found his girlfriend in the room with a gunshot wound to the torso. Liang was in the room, shot in the chest, possibly more than once, authorities said.
Both women were taken to the hospital, where Liang was pronounced dead. The 23-year-old was expected to survive, police said.
Police said Wu was “calm, collected and very forthcoming” about what had happened when they questioned her later. She had worked Tuesday night and was scheduled to work Wednesday night.
It was unclear if the weapon that was fired was the officer’s service weapon.