A New York City police officer was in custody Wednesday night after admitting to shooting and killing a woman she met at his girlfriend’s Brooklyn apartment and also shooting his girlfriend, said officials.
The officer was described by police officials at a press conference as a 31-year-old man who has worked in the police department for five and a half years and who was recently assigned to a Brooklyn police station.
A police official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss an active investigation, identified her as Yvonne Wu.
She was not on duty when the shooting occurred, officials said.
Deputy Chief Michael Kemper, speaking at the press conference, said the shooting was being treated as homicide and the detained officer was “calm, collected and very open” as he told colleagues who responded to the scene what had happened.
“Put simply, she confessed,” said Chief Kemper, commander of the Borough Brooklyn South Patrol. “That’s all I’m going to say.”
Referring to the officer and the woman in whom the shooting took place, Chief Kemper said: “We believe they had an intimate relationship.”
He said the officer in custody was waiting at the girlfriend’s apartment in the Bensonhurst neighborhood when the girlfriend, 23, and second wife, 24, arrived. The shooting took place some time after, around 5 p.m., prompting several 911 calls, Chief Kemper said.
Officers who responded found the girlfriend on the bedroom floor and the second wife on the living room floor, Chief Kemper said.
The girlfriend was shot in the body and the second woman was shot at least once in the chest, he said. She was pronounced dead soon after. The girlfriend needed to recover, Chief Kemper said.
“We think the three parties knew each other,” he said.
When asked if the officer used his service weapon in the shooting, he replied that there was a “very good chance” that this was the case, and that investigators had taken ballistic evidence. and a gun in the apartment.
Ashley Southall contributed reports.