Date: December 1994
31-year-old Laakhraj Dalipram was killed during a shootout between a Queens gunman and the NYPD in Rego Park. The Mount Vernon resident was an innocent bystander who was struck by a bullet fired by police as they pursued the gunman. Although Dalipram had already been shot once in the head by the suspect, it was the bullet from police that killed him. Police originally reported that Dalipram was killed by the gunman, Hsu Wen-ping, who killed three people and wounded four (including two police officers) before being shot to death.
Deputy Police Chief Raymond J. Abruzzi said that Hsu shot Dalipram five times, then dragged him into the passenger's seat of his own vehicle before the officers arrived. However, Deputy Commissioner for Public Information John Miller said that three police bullets may have struck Dalipram, in addition to one bullet from Hsu's weapon. Dalipram's wife, Fareida, said she felt betrayed by police, who had led her to believe that Hsu had killed her husband. She had been critical of police on the night of his murder because she was kept inside of a police vehicle and prevented from seeing her husband's body for over two hours.
She said that she did not learn the facts about her husband's death until it was reported by a television news outlet.