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Officer in custody after possible ‘love triangle’ shooting in Bensonhurst

October 14, 2021 Jaime de Jesus,
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A police officer who works at the 72nd Precinct in Sunset Park is now in custody and has been taken to a local hospital for observation after she told other cops that she shot two women on the evening of Wednesday.

Inside a home at 19th Avenue and 79th Street in Bensonhurst around 5 p.m., a 24-year-old woman was shot dead while the other woman, 23, survived. The one who survived is believed to have had an intimate relationship with the officer.

When cops arrived, the suspect, 31, who was off-duty at the time, told them that she shot two people inside the house. She’s been identified in news reports as Yvonne Wu, an officer at the 72nd. 

At a press conference later on, Assistant Chief Michael Kemper, commanding officer of Patrol Borough Brooklyn South, was asked whether Officer Wu had a disciplinary record. Kemper responded that he wasn’t aware of one, but that will be one of the subjects of an ongoing investigation.

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Officer Yvonne Wu of the 72nd Precinct, suspect in the shooting of two women, one fatally, in Bensonhurst. Photo from social media

When they entered the home, the officers saw the 24-year-old woman lying in the living room area with gunshot wounds to her chest and the other woman lying on the floor in the bedroom with a gunshot wound to her torso. Assistant Chief Kemper added that police believe Officer Wu was in the house before the two other women came home, waiting for them.

EMS rushed both women to Maimonides Medical Center. The 24-year-old, identified in press reports as Jamie Liang, was pronounced dead at 5:53 p.m. The younger woman was listed in “serious but stable” condition, the New York Post reported.

During the press conference, Assistant Chief Kemper said the suspect was a five-and-a-half-year veteran of the NYPD.  He added that the NYPD is treating the incident as a homicide and that the motive is believed to be domestic in nature.

Assistant Chief Michael Kemper addresses reporters during a news conference about the Bensonhurst shooting. YouTube photo

“The 23-year-old that was shot in the torso, it’s her home,” he said. “The MOS [“member of the service,” meaning police officer] and her, we believe at this point, had an intimate relationship.”

When asked if the two victims were intimate with each other, he said. “That’s a possibility.”

Kemper also praised the police officers who responded to the scene. “This is the type of thing that our cops have to deal with every day,” he said.

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  1. Jessica Grecco

    This is the identical senario of a nj police lutennent who came home and found his ex wife in bed with another man her boyfriend this was a terrible tragedy but a devastating blow to the people involved it is more of a psychological trauma to find your loved one having an affair with another individual internal affairs division please please don’t judge po Yvonne wu right away this was a despondent individual who was devastated by what she saw and I truly believe that when represented by extremely great council po wu should not definitely not go to prison she will most definitely lose her position with the Nypd family but should not be judged
    Prior to going to court this was a devastating tragedy for all involved I ask all not to be judged mental in po wu case until all facts are in and recorded in a court of law