Duck sauce killer who shot dead delivery man in condiments feud kills himself
A man who allegedly killed a Chinese takeaway delivery driver over duck sauce, has turned the gun on himself.
Glenn Hirsch, 51, pleaded not guilty in June to the murder of Zhiwen Yan, but apparently shot himself before standing trial.
The medical examiner will conduct an autopsy to confirm how he died, but a source told US media that a self-inflicted gunshot wound was the catalyst for his death.
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"The loss of a human life is always tragic. Obviously, we would have preferred to try Mr. Glenn Hirsch for the calculated murder of Mr. Zhiwen Yan in a court of law, but this is no longer an option," Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz said in a release.
Yan, 45, was gunned down on a Queens street on April 30, while riding a scooter to make a delivery.
On the same day, Hirsch was captured on CCTV driving by Great Wall seven times in two hours and then following Yan, according to prosecutors.
But in a note reportedly left by Hirsch, he maintained his innocence and his lawyer told reporters that he believes authorities “arrested the wrong man.”
He said Hirsch had an argument with Great Wall’s manager in November, but that's where it ended.
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“He had no quarrel over any deliveryman, and he has not done anything to harm any deliveryman,” the attorney said.
Hirsch felt he didn’t get enough duck sauce with an order in November, prosecutors said, and that started a campaign of alleged abuse.
He was given more of the sweet-and-sour condiment but demanded a refund and called police when he didn’t get one, according to prosecutors.
NBC reported that afterwards, Hirsch damaged a Great Wall worker’s car, made threatening remarks to employees, including Yan, and pulled a gun on one of them.
Yan’s widow, Eva Zhao, said he was “a loving and kind husband, father, son, friend and community member.”
“We are all relieved that someone has been arrested,” she said in a statement.
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