Cop charged with murder in vengeful 'love-triangle' shooting

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A New York police officer has been charged with attempting to murder her ex-girlfriend and killing her ex-girlfriend's new partner, following a recent break up.

On Wednesday at around 5pm (local time), police officers responded to reports of a shooting at a home in the city and found New York Police Department officer, Yvonne Wu, 31.

Wu was outside the home and confessed to police that she had shot somebody.

Inside the home was 24-year-old Jamie Liang who was found in the living room. Authorities believe she was the new partner of Wu's ex-girlfriend, Jenny Li.

Wu also shot her 23-year-old ex-girlfriend, who is in a serious but stable condition after being shot in the torso, CBS2 reported.

New York police officer Yvonne Wu has been charged after she shot her ex-girlfriend and her new partner. Source: NBC2/NY Post
New York police officer Yvonne Wu has been charged after she shot her ex-girlfriend and her new partner. Source: NBC2/NY Post

On Thursday, Wu was charged with the murder of Ms Liang and the attempted murder of her ex-girlfriend.

Wu and Ms Li had broken up last month, according to CBS2 and a source told the New York Post that Wu and her ex had bee arguing in the days leading up to the double shooting.

Valerie Wades watched on as paramedics carried Ms Liang and the 23-year-old woman out of the home, desperately trying to save Ms Liang.

“Never in a million years did I think that it would’ve been a cop who was the shooter," Ms Wades told CBS, speaking of Wu. 

"She just seemed so detached. Everybody else was like in hyper-drive and she was just so calm."

According to the New York Post, Wu had been working as a police officer for five years at the 72nd Precinct in Sunset Park.

She has now been suspended from the police department without pay, a department spokesperson said.

The attorney general’s office noted in its release that the shooting “may be the result of a personal or domestic dispute, without connection to Officer Wu’s law enforcement duties.”

The attorney general’s Office of Special Investigation is required by state law to probe deaths at the hands of police officers, including when they are off duty.

Jamie Liang was shot and killed, allegedly by police officer, Yvonne Wu. Source: GoFundMe
Jamie Liang was shot and killed, allegedly by police officer, Yvonne Wu. Source: GoFundMe

A GoFundMe has been set up for Ms Liang, raising money to help her family with funeral arrangements.

"Jamie was a 24–year-old dental student at NYU who had a bright future ahead of her," the GoFundMe says. 

"She was loved by so many and filled every room with her kindness and lively spirit. We live to honour all the joy that she brought to the lives of her family and friends."

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