On January 27, 2008, Peter Chang located his estranged wife, Liya (Sandy) Lu, outside her residence in the 00 block of Bonita Street, Arcadia. Sandy was involved in a conversation with a mutual friend when Chang ran up and began to beat Sandy, knocking her to the ground as the other party ran off. Sandy was able to get away momentarily and ran toward her unit. Chang pursued Sandy and opened fire on her with a handgun, striking Sandy multiple times. Chang fled the scene leaving Sandy to die.
While rendering aid, Officers were able to obtain statements from Sandy before her death which led to the arrest of Chang at his home in Long Beach. The Patrol Officers response, Detective follow-up, and cooperation with outside agencies all resulted in a first degree murder charge being filed against Peter Chang. Chang pled no contest yesterday in a Pasadena court room to the murder charge with an allegation of use of handgun. Chang will receive a 29 years to life sentence and will not be eligible for parole until he is 91 years old.