An off-duty NYPD officer shot her ex-girlfriend and killed another woman, police say

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Crime scene tape in New York City.
Close-up of police tape with NYPD officers in background at scene of shooting on E. 102nd St., New York City. David McGlynn / Getty Images
  • An NYPD officer is accused of shooting her ex-girlfriend and killing another woman while off-duty.

  • Officer Yvonne Wu has been charged with murder and attempted murder, according to WNBC.

  • A friend of Wu's ex-girlfriend described Wu as possessive during their relationship, according to the New York Daily News.

An NYPD officer was arrested Wednesday after police say she shot her ex-girlfriend and killed another woman.

Police charged Yvonne Wu, a patrol officer who works at the 72nd precinct in Brooklyn, with murder and attempted murder on Thursday, according to WNBC.

Police sources told the New York Daily News that Wu was off-duty when she went to the Brooklyn apartment of her ex-girlfriend, Jenny Li, and waited there for Li to show up with her new partner, Jamie Liang. According to the report, Wu opened fire and shot both Li and Liang in the chest when they arrived at the apartment, injuring Li and killing Liang.

Theresa DiGirolamo, a woman who lives a few doors down from Li's apartment, told The Times that she heard "four or five" sounds that sounded like a popping paper bag around 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday. DiGirolamo told the newspaper she didn't realize she might have heard a shooting until she saw paramedics load one of the women into the back of an ambulance.

Li made a call to 911 shortly after the shooting, The Daily News reported. Police sources told the paper that the operator could hear someone say "that's what you get" in the background of the call.

One of Li's friends told the Daily News that Li and Wu had been living together in Brooklyn before they broke up a month ago. The friend told the newspaper that Wu had been "possessive" during the relationship and that Li "just couldn't take it anymore."

Assistant NYPD Chief Michael Kemper said in a Wednesday press conference that responding officers found Li on the bedroom floor and Liang in the living room, according to The New York Times. He also described the off-duty officer as "calm and collected and very forthcoming" when police arrived at the apartment.

"Simply put, she confessed. That's all I'm going to say," Kemper said when asked what the off-duty officer told the responding officers, according to The Daily News.

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