Murder charge approved in Burnaby RCMP officer’s killing


Burnaby, B.C. –

One day after an RCMP officer was stabbed to demise on obligation in Burnaby, B.C., a suspect has been charged with first-degree assassination.

The accused, Jongwon Ham, made a court docket look Wednesday and was remanded in custody, the B.C. Prosecution Service confirmed in an electronic mail to CTV News.

Const. Shaelyn Yang, who labored in the Burnaby RCMP detachment’s psychological well being and homeless outreach group, died Tuesday following an altercation at Broadview Park. A suspect was additionally shot.

The space remained behind police tape Wednesday morning, with greater than a dozen RCMP cruisers guarding the world.

There are two simultaneous investigations underway. The first is being carried out by the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team, which has taken the lead on Yang’s surprising and sudden demise.

Meanwhile, the province’s police watchdog, the Independent Investigations Office, is wanting into the capturing of the suspect.

The IIO confirmed Wednesday the altercation was between Yang and a person who was residing in a tent on the athletic discipline subsequent to the Burnaby School District workplace.

“That interaction led to injuries being suffered by the officer, stab wounds, which unfortunately led to her death, and the individual was shot as well and we understand is recovering from those injuries,” stated Ron MacDonald, chief civilian director of the Independent Investigations Office.

MacDonald says the IIO has been capable of receive surveillance video of the altercation in its entirety from a close-by constructing.

“As a result of that, we may be able to conclude our part of this investigation quite quickly,” he instructed CTV News.

The IIO says it believes Yang discharged the gun that the suspect was shot with, however was unable to verify if that occurred earlier than or after she was stabbed or what number of photographs have been fired.

“I don’t want to go into details for two reasons. We still do have to complete our investigation, plus the RCMP have an investigation to do with respect to the individual. It’s important, therefore, not to potentially taint either of those investigations or any potential prosecution,” stated MacDonald

The IIO is answerable for conducting investigations into incidents of demise or severe hurt that will have been the results of the actions or inactions of a police officer, whether or not on or off obligation.

“The law says obviously, that if a person is faced with a lethal threat, that they’re entitled to use lethal force in response, and that, obviously, is the test that’s applied in cases such as this, with respect to the actions of the subject officer,” stated MacDonald.


Police are calling Yang’s demise mindless and tragic.

“She was a loving wife, a sister, and a daughter. Those she worked with before joining the RCMP and her police colleagues describe Const. Yang as a kind and compassionate person which makes her death even more difficult to accept,” stated Deputy Commissioner Dwayne McDonald, the commanding officer of BC RCMP.

Yang had just below three years of service and was a extremely regarded member of the psychological well being and homeless outreach group.

“She was compassionate and caring and she brought those skills every day to her job working with our communities most vulnerable, including those experiencing homelessness and mental health issues,” stated Chief Supt. Graham De La Gorgendiere, detachment commander for Burnaby RCMP.

The violence unfolded close to Canada Way and Curle Avenue round 11 a.m. Tuesday morning. Investigators say Yang and a metropolis parks worker responded to a grievance a couple of man tenting in a tent close to Broadview Park.

Police say the constable and the suspect received into an altercation, which ended along with her being stabbed and him being shot. The metropolis worker was not damage.

Both Yang and the suspect have been rushed to hospital with what have been described as essential accidents. Dozens of officers from a number of companies rushed to the scene.

“I can also tell you this, Const. Yang died bravely. She answered the call to duty today, and she paid the ultimate price,” stated McDonald throughout a information convention late Tuesday afternoon.

Paramedics might be seen engaged on Yang in a discipline subsequent to the Burnaby School District workplace, however sadly she didn’t survive.

“The loss of Const. Shaelyn Yang is immeasurable to her family, her friends, to all her team members and colleagues and to the greater community here in Burnaby and across the country,” stated De La Gorgendiere.

Little details about the suspect has been launched up to now.

Police say he was residing in a tent in the world, however no particulars about his identification have been shared with the general public.

The IIO says he underwent surgical procedure Wednesday night time and is recovering from what at the moment are thought-about to be non-life threatening accidents.

IHIT is predicted to offer an replace Wednesday which might embody extra particulars a couple of doable motive. 


Burnaby’s mayor says the town shall be providing assets to assist these impacted by the deadly assault to deal with the surprising loss.

“RCMP in our community put their lives on the line every day to keep all of us safe. And we owe them much gratitude for those sacrifices that are made daily,” stated Mike Hurley. 

Dozens of individuals dropped by the Burnaby RCMP detachment, dropping off flowers, notes and candles.

Flags have been lowered to half-staff as an indication of respect.

“The worst thing that can happen is when a member shows up for duty in the morning and doesn’t go home in the evening. It’s going to take all of us, RCMP, all the members a long time to recover from that,” stated Hurley.

B.C.’s solicitor basic and public security minister was visibly emotional throughout a press convention shortly after Yang’s demise was introduced.

“This is absolutely a tragic and horrific situation. Every day we ask thousands of men and women in uniform in this province to go on, do their duty keeping our community safe, keeping the public safe, knowing full well that it’s an extremely dangerous job,” stated Mike Farnworth. 

He supplied his condolences and assist to policing companies throughout B.C.

“My heart goes out to the family and the friends and the officers and police departments in Burnaby and across this province every day. (They) put their life on the line, to keep all of us in our communities safe,” he stated together with his voice wavering. 

Police companies throughout the nation posted phrases of solidarity and condolences on social media.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau additionally expressed his disappointment on Twitter.

“My thoughts are with the family, friends, and colleagues of the fallen officer – I am keeping you in my thoughts during this terrible time,” reads the tweet.


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