A New York police officer was taken into custody late Wednesday after admitting to fatally shooting a woman she encountered in her friend’s Brooklyn apartment and also shooting the girlfriend, officials said.
The officer was described by police officials at a news conference as a 31-year-old who has been with the police for five and a half years and was most recently assigned to a Brooklyn police station.
A police officer, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss an active investigation, identified her as Yvonne Wu.
She was off duty when the shooting took place, officials said.
Assistant chief Michael Kemper said at the press conference that the shooting was being treated as a murder and that the officer detained had been “calm and composed and very candid” in telling colleagues who responded on the spot what had happened.
“Put simply, she confessed,” said Chief Kemper, the commander of Patrol Borough Brooklyn South. “That’s all I’m going to say.”
Referring to the officer and the woman in whose apartment the shooting took place, Chief Kemper said, “We think they had an intimate relationship.”
He said the officer was waiting in custody at the girlfriend’s apartment, in the Bensonhurst borough, when the girlfriend, 23, and the second woman, 24, arrived. The shooting happened some time after, around 5 p.m., leading to several 911 calls, Chief Kemper said.
The officers found the girlfriend on the bedroom floor and the second woman on the living room floor, chief Kemper said.
The girlfriend had been shot once in the body and the second woman had been shot in the chest at least once, he said. She was pronounced dead a short time later. The girlfriend was expected to recover, chief Kemper said.
“We think all three parties knew each other,” he said.
When asked if the officer had used her service weapon in the shooting, he said there was a “very good chance” that she had, and investigators took ballistic evidence and a handgun from the apartment.
Ashley Southall reporting contributed.