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Police officer pleads guilty to manslaughter, used NYPD-issued gun while off-duty

June 24, 2024 Brooklyn Eagle Staff
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DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN — A FORMER OFF-DUTY NYPD OFFICER WHO USED HER SERVICE PISTOL to fatally shoot a Brooklyn resident has pleaded guilty and is being held without bail, NY Attorney General Letitia James announced on Monday, June 24. Officer Yvonne Wu, 34, pleaded guilty during her arraignment before Acting Kings County Supreme Court Justice Danny Chun to one count of Manslaughter in the First Degree and one count of Attempted Murder in the Second Degree. While off-duty on Oct. 13, 2021, Wu, a Staten Island resident, went to the Brooklyn home of an acquaintance identified as Jamie Liang and used her NYPD-issued service weapon to shoot and kill Ms. Liang.  In a report that 1010 WINS released a few hours after the Attorney General’s announcement, the deceased Ms. Liang was identified as a former intimate partner of Ms. Wu, who also shot and wounded a woman now living with Liang, identified as Jenny Li. Wu will continue to be held without bail until her scheduled Aug. 28 sentencing. As part of the plea, the parties have recommended a prison sentence of 22 years on the Manslaughter charge and five years on the Attempted Murder charge, to run consecutively, for a total of 27 years in prison, as well as five years of post-release supervision, a waiver of Wu’s right to appeal, and an order of protection for Ms. Li.

Under New York State Executive Law Section 70-b, the NY State Office of Special Investigations assesses every incident reported to it where a police officer or a peace officer, including a corrections officer, may have caused the death of a person by an act or omission.

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