RCMP said Cst. Yang, 31, partnered with a City of Burnaby employee, and was engaged in her duties at a homeless camp on Gilmore Way on October 18th at approximately 11:05am. According to reports Yang was helping a city employee check on a man living in a tent.
Investigators said there was an altercation and Yang was stabbed. Yang was rushed to taken to Vancouver General Hospital where she was pronounced deceased. The suspect was also shot and injured and remains in hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Cst. Yang worked with Burnaby RCMP’s Police Mental Health and Homeless Outreach Team.
An investigation into the murder of Cst. Yang is also underway and will be conducted by the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT).
Update October 26th
On October 19, 2022, 37-year-old Jongwon Ham, of Burnaby, was charged with first-degree murder. He remained in custody following his arrest on October 18.
IHIT is asking that anyone who was in the area of the Broadview Park, off Canada Way, between 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. on October 18, 2022, or who has any information regarding the homicide, to contact the IHIT Information Line at 1-877-551-IHIT (4448) or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.