A New York City police officer was taken into custody late Wednesday after he admitted to fatally shooting a woman in his girlfriend’s Brooklyn apartment and also shooting the girlfriend, officials said.
The officer was described by police officers at a news conference as a 31-year-old who has been with the police department for five-and-a-half years and was recently assigned to the Brooklyn campus.
A police officer, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss an active investigation, identified him as Yvonne Woo.
Officials said she was off duty when the shooting took place.
Assistant Chief Michael Kemper, speaking at the news conference, said the shooting was being treated as a murder and that the officer being apprehended was “quiet and collected and very forthcoming” in telling his colleagues whether happened.
“Simply put, he confessed,” said Chief Kemper, commanding officer of the Patrol Borough of 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 believe they had a close relationship.”
He said detained officers were waiting at the girlfriend’s apartment in the Bensonhurst neighborhood when the 23-year-old girlfriend and another 24-year-old woman arrived. The shooting occurred shortly after that, around 5 p.m., prompting multiple 911 calls, Chief Kemper said.
Chief Kemper said responding officers found the girlfriend on the bedroom floor and the other woman on the living room floor.
He said the girlfriend had been shot once in the body and the other woman was shot in the chest at least once. After some time he was declared dead. The girlfriend was expected to recover, Chief Kemper said.
“We believe that the three parties knew each other.
Asked whether the officer had used his service weapon in the shooting, he said there was a “very good chance”, and that investigators took ballistic evidence and a gun from the apartment.
Ashley Southall Contributed reporting.