The man accused of stabbing Const. Shaelyn Yang to death in Burnaby, BC, was this week wanted on warrant for previous assault, court documents show.
The warrant for Jongwon Ham was issued after the 37-year-old failed to appear in court on Friday. The previous charges, which also include resisting arrest, stem from an incident in March.
Ham has since been charged with first-degree murder in connection with Yang’s death. According to the Penal Code, first-degree murder applies whenever a police officer is killed, “whether[it]was planned or intentional.”
Homicide investigators said Yang, who was a member of the Burnaby RCMP’s mental health and homeless outreach team, and an officer approached a man camping in Broadview Park on Tuesday to announce that he will have to leave.
“They weren’t there to get rid of him at the time, they were just there to inform him about it,” Sgt. Timothy Pierotti of the Integrated Homicide Team said Wednesday.
Pierotti could not confirm whether Yang knew she would be dealing with Ham when she arrived at the park, or whether she was aware of his orders.
“She’s doing her regular duty,” Pierotti said. “We’re often called in to assist the city in going and talking to people in detention or any kind of makeshift camp. We don’t do that. always know who it is.”
“She wasn’t there to execute the order.”
This is a developing story and will be updated.