Glenn Hirsch, seen above being escorted near the 112th Precinct, has been out on bail since June 27 after being charged with murder in connection with the April 30 shooting death of 45-year-old Zhiwen Yan. (Photo by Dean Moses)
Hirsch’s body was discovered in his apartment by police around 10:06 a.m. Hirsch’s attorney confirmed with QNS that Hirsch committed suicide.
Hirsch was reportedly upset with the restaurant the delivery person, Zhiwen Yan, worked for, The Great Wall Restaurant in Forest Hills. There was a feud over duck sauce that led to the murder, earning Hirsch the nickname “Duck Sauce Killer”.
He allegedly stalked and harassed restaurant employees. Hirsch was seen on surveillance video on the night of April 30, allegedly walking past the restaurant after dropping his wife off at work. He had passed the restaurant seven times before Yan left the restaurant to make a delivery around 9:30 p.m. Hirsch followed him as he made the delivery. When Yan stopped at a red light at 67th Drive and 108th Street after completing the delivery, Hirsch approached Yan and shot him in the chest, authorities said. Yan had died from a single gunshot wound. He was 45 years old.
Hirsch’s brother posted his $500,000 bond shortly after his June 1 arrest for murder and criminal possession of a weapon. While fitted with an electronic ankle monitor, many local leaders criticized that Hirsch was eligible for bail for such a brutal charge.
Although he eventually complied with the terms and conditions of his bail, he never had his day in court.
“The loss of human life is always tragic,” Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz said in a statement. “Obviously, we would have preferred to try Mr. Glenn Hirsch for the calculated murder of Mr. Zhiwen Yan in court, but that is no longer an option. We once again express our deepest condolences to the family and friends. friends of Mr. Zhiwen Yan, who continue to mourn his tragic and senseless loss.