Glenn Hirsch of Queens, NYC, shot dead a Chinese delivery man in NYC over long-running feud about condiments kills himself before court hearing while out on $500,000 bail
Hirsch, 51, dubbed ‘Duck sauce killer‘ after he fatally shot Zhiwen Yan, 45, in the chest while the father-of-three was fulfilling deliveries for a Chinese restaurant on his scooter in Forest Hills on April 30
He shot himself and left a note at his apartment before he was set to appear at Queens Supreme Court today
He previously pled not guilty to the murder offence, and despite the nine prior arrests on his record, he was released after making posting bail
Hirsch’s brother posted the $500,000 in a certified check, though attorney Michael Horn says that the money came from his client
He was ordered to wear an ankle bracelet monitor at all times and remain at his Jamaica home 24 hours every day
Hirsch’s attorney confirmed that his client’s suicide note said that the ‘system was not treating him fairly’
His wife Dorothy, 62, on Monday pled not guilty to weapons charges after cops raided her home found multiple firearms
It is understood that the couple had separated, and had not lived together for years
Zhiwen Yan, 45, a father-of-three, was doing delivery rounds on his scooter in Forest Hills, Queens when he was shot in the chest
The 51-year-old New York City man dubbed the ‘duck sauce killer’ has committed suicide in his apartment ahead of a court hearing today over claims he shot dead a Chinese restaurant delivery driver.
Glenn Hirsch, of Queens had been released on bail after being charged with the murder of Zhiewn Yan, and was set to appear in court today in relation to the allegations.
A source revealed that the accused killer ‘shot himself’ in the hours before the court hearing, and was found dead by sheriff’s deputies.
Hirsch was facing murder charges after allegedly shooting Yan, a father-of-three, in the chest while Yan was fulfilling deliveries for a Chinese restaurant on his scooter in Forest Hills, before fleeing the scene on April 30.
Hirsch, who was believed to have had several run ins with the restaurant in the past.
His attorney, Michael Horn, said that the case had been closed and ‘abated by death.’
In a statement: ‘The officers went to Mr. Hirsch’s apartment this morning and found him deceased, apparently through a gunshot wound – self-inflicted.
‘It seems to be suicide, there was a note in which he expressed that he wasn’t guilty, that the process was not treating him fairly.
‘But that is obviously the thoughts of a person who was anxious, depressed, and refused to seek counselling.’
In a statement Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz said: ‘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.
‘We once again express our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Zhiwen Yan, who continue to grieve his tragic and senseless loss.’
Police say that Hirsch, who is believed to have been driving an older model of a Lexus RX3 SV at the time, briefly exchange words at a traffic light before Yan was shot near 108th Street and 67th Drive.
At Hirsch’s Briarwood home, cops discovered his refrigerator packed with sweet and sour duck sauce.
‘His whole refrigerator was filled with duck sauce,’ a police source told the New York Daily News. ‘And other condiments.’
‘He’s a hoarder. And when you open the refrigerator, it’s like, condiments – there’s duck sauce, soy sauce, ketchup.’
The source suggested the piles of condiments at his apartment on 141st Street were all a part of what was going on in Hirsch’s brain that may have lead him to kill. ****’I guess in some pathology people like that take that stuff very seriously – you didn’t give him enough duck sauce,’ they said.
Hirsch, who had nine prior arrests on his record, previously pleaded not guilty to the murder charge.
His brother reportedly posted the $500,000 for his bail in a certified check, though attorney Michael Horn says that the money came from his client.
He was ordered to wear an ankle bracelet monitor at all times and remain at his Jamaica home 24 hours a day.
Yan, who worked seven days a week and held three jobs to support his family, had been working at the Great Wall restaurant for more than a decade prior to his death.
Hirsch was arrested 9 times between 1995 and 2012, but none of them are disclosed as they are sealed. One of the arrests is related to Hirsch committing a robbery with a gun, according to police sources.
The alleged killer’s estranged wife was arraigned August 1, in Queens Supreme Court on weapons charges after cops raided her home. Photographs from the police search party showed the contents of the closet that authorities searched during the June raid at her home which held the weapons.
Dorothy Hirsch, 62, pled not guilty on Monday after she was arraigned on weapons charges when cops raided her Briarwood home. On June 3, she was arrested after police conducted a raid at her home two days after her husband – the murder suspect – was charged with shooting Yan.
Her lawyers said that she had not lived with her husband for years, with her attorneys saying the registered nurse is ‘absolutely innocent.’
During the bust authorities seized eight handguns and ammunition from Hirsch’s Briarwood home, officials said.
Police records show the couple live in separate homes with Glenn living in nearby Jamaica.
The District Attorney’s office say in documents that they acknowledge that her husband had access to her apartment.
The guns were discovered in boxes and garbage bags amongst Hirsch’s other belonging in a closet used by him.
Hirsch’s attorney Mark Bederow, reacting to the arrest, said: ‘She is absolutely innocent of possessing any firearms in her apartment certainly with the intent to use unlawfully,’ said Mark Bederow, Dorothy Hirsch’s attorney.
‘She is a good and decent, law-abiding woman who is being prosecuted merely because she is legally married to the person who is accused of committing a heinous murder.’
Employees at the Great Wall restaurant said Hirsch had ‘multiple’ disputes with staff at the eatery and pulled a gun on staffers during one incident in January.
Another incident last year saw the angry customer become peeved over the amount of duck sauce given to him in one of his orders, spurring a campaign of harassment, vandalism, and threats from the customer.
In one instance from early 2022, Hirsch menacingly waved a gun at the restaurant workers, who had to call 911. Restaurant owner Kai Yang recounts the angry customer overpowered and put on the ground by employees, which included Yan, shortly after he came inside with the firearm.
Yan is survived by his wife Kunying Zhao and three young children, aged two, 12, and 14. A GoFundMe page has been set up to help support the family.