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Accused ‘duck sauce killer’ killed himself to avoid returning to Rikers, memo says

NEW YORK — The accused Queens “duck sauce killer” has denied shooting a restaurant delivery boy and said he was killing himself because he didn’t want to be sent back to the infamous Rikers Island prison complex.

In a long, rambling suicide note he wrote before shooting himself on August 5, suspect Glenn Hirsch called his case “very winnable” and said he was looking forward to his day in court – but not to be locked up again.

“After my uplifting month-long stay on Rikers Island, I have chosen not to return to prison for the next two years pending trial,” Hirsch wrote in the memo, filed Monday in Queens Criminal Court. “I did enjoy playing chess though, but in practice the accommodations left a lot to be desired.”

Hirsch was released on bail for the April murder, a turn of events that sent shock waves through the Briarwood community where beloved restaurant worker Zhiwen Yan, 45, was killed on April 30.

Suspecting his return to prison was imminent, Hirsch laid out his logic in a six-page rant he described as his “dying statement”. The angry screed targeted prosecutors, detectives and the media, including a Daily News reporter he falsely accused of unethical reporting.

He even took issue with the owner of the Great Wall restaurant, where employees were still mourning the death of their colleague.

Hirsch also expressed outrage at his nickname in the headlines.

“I was given the absurd nickname ‘the duck sauce killer’,” he complained.

Hirsch spent much of his last written message defending his wife, Dorothy Hirsch, 62, a nurse accused of hiding her husband’s guns in her apartment.

Hirsch and his wife lived separately.

Queen’s prosecutors have already dropped the most serious charges against her, but her lawyer, Mark Bederow, was calling on prosecutors to present the suicide note as evidence to a grand jury to help exonerate her for the rest.

“Glenn is not available to testify,” Bederow said. “He was aware at the time he wrote the note that his admission to his exclusive possession of the firearms was against his criminal interest.”

Authorities say Glenn Hirsch became furious that he didn’t get enough duck sauce with his takeout order from the Great Wall restaurant in Forest Hills on November 30. Repeated clashes at the restaurant culminated in April, when Hirsch allegedly stalked and then fatally shot Yan, the beloved delivery man, prosecutors say.

Hirsch, 51, was arrested June 2 and released on $500,000 bail two weeks ago, alarming neighbors at his co-op apartment building.


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