Yvonne Wu, 31, was arraigned by the New York Attorney General’s Office, where she faces murder charges after fatally shooting her ex-girlfriend’s new lover on October 13
An NYPD cop on suicide watch after allegedly shooting her ex-girlfriend and killing her female lover was held without bail pending an exam to determine if she understands the murder and assault charges against her.
Yvonne Wu, 31, fatally shot her girlfriend Jenny Li’s new lover Jamie Liang, 24, on October 13 in Li’s Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, home after sneaking in the backdoor and waiting for the pair, according to prosecutors.
Wu was quietly arraigned on second-degree murder and attempted murder charges in Brooklyn Criminal Court in front of Judge Joshua Glick, the New York Attorney General’s Office released in a statement Monday.
It is unknown if the cop attended the arraignment in-person or via video link. She remains hospitalized on suicide watch at NYU Langone Medical Center after telling officers at the scene that she was suicidal.
New York’s Attorney General Letitia James, 63, launched an investigation on Friday into the fatal love triangle.
Wu allegedly killed her ex-girlfriend’s new lover after Li, 23, and she broke up last month.
Wu – who has been a cop for five years and works out of the 72nd Precinct just four miles away from Li’s home – shot Liang in the chest and Li in the torso, prosecutors said.
Liang died in the hospital 50 minutes later. Li survived.
Yvonne Wu (pictured) was charged with second-degree murder Monday in the fatal shooting of Jamie Liang and attempted murder in shooting of the cop’s ex-girlfriend Jenny Li
Jamie Liang (pictured) was shot dead by NYPD officer Yvonne Wu after jealous cop found her in Brooklyn home of the cop’s ex-girlfriend Jenny Li, prosecutors charge
Wu allegedly shot the two women after sneaking in through the unlocked backdoor of Li’s Brooklyn apartment and waiting in the woman’s bed until they arrived
Wu allegedly slipped in through a backdoor which was unlocked at Li’s home and lay in wait for her on the bed, opening fire as the couple returned home, according to the Daily News.
At the scene on Wednesday night, NYPD Assistant Chief Michael Kemper told reporters it was a ‘domestic’ situation.
Friends said the shooting was preventable and that Wu was a ‘psychopath.’
She had already gotten into an altercation with the two women weeks before the shooting and was allegedly stalking the them, the friends said.
Li didn’t report the altercation to the NYPD’s Internal Affairs Bureau – which deals with allegations against NYPD cops and corruption within the system – because she thought she could ‘handle it on her own,’ her friend told the Daily News.
‘It should have been prevented,’ the friend told the Daily News. ‘The cop was already stalking them…[Jenny] didn’t want the police involved. She wanted to handle it on her own. She thought she could handle it.’
Liang allegedly wanted Li to report the altercation to the Bureau, but Li talked her out of it.
Wu was arrested outside the Brooklyn home (pictured) and has been described by Li’s friends as a ‘psychopath’
It’s unclear how Wu and Li came to know each other, but public records indicate Wu was living in a home eight blocks away from Li’s family until recently. Records show she might now live on Staten Island.
NYPD sources tell DailyMail.com that Wu was a high performer in the force and rated as ‘exceeding expectations’ in her recent evaluations. She has made about 60 arrests throughout her five-year career.
The double shooting ‘came out of left field,’ one source said.
On Friday night, a cleaning crew was seen arriving at the home along with the landlord of the building to assist in cleaning up the bloody scene.
Although nothing was believed to have been removed from the residence, photographs of the crime scene were taken by workers who entered the premises wearing protective hazmat suits.
Friends set up a GoFundMe for Liang’s family on Thursday and shared kind words about the dental school student, who was was due to graduate in 2024.
‘Our beloved friend, Jamie Liang, was taken away from us on October 13, 2021. She was a victim in a Brooklyn homicide case. We are raising funds to help her parents and family with the funeral arrangements.
‘Jamie was a 24–year-old dental student at NYU who had a bright future ahead of her. She was loved by so many and filled every room with her kindness and lively spirit. We live to honor all the joy that she brought to the lives of her family and friends,’ the page says.
As of Tuesday, the GoFundMe efforts has raised more than $40,000 – $10,000 more than the family had requested to pay for her funeral.