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Officer Who Arrested Yale Murderer May Have Saved Additional Lives

Officer Who Arrested Yale Murderer May Have Saved Additional Lives

Lishan Wang is escorted by police out of New Haven Superior Court, Tuesday, April 27, 2010, in New Haven, Conn. Wang was arraigned in the killing of Yale doctor Vajinder Toor who was shot outside his Branford home Monday. A judge continued Wang's bail at

Associated Press

April 30, 2010

BRANFORD, CT – The police officer who arrested a man charged with killing a Yale University doctor says he might have prevented two more homicides when he stopped the suspect’s minivan shortly after the killing.

Branford Officer Joe Peterson pulled over Lishan Wang on Monday near I-95 after Yale physician Vajinder Toor was gunned down outside his Branford home. Police say Wang had documents with information about two other people as well as weapons and ammunition.

Authorities say Toor and the two other people were former colleagues of Wang’s who all played a role in his dismissal from a New York City hospital.

Peterson said at an unrelated police awards ceremony Wednesday night that the quick arrest gives Toor’s family “some closure” and might have prevented two more homicides.

Meanwhile, Wang’s wife said Wednesday in Atlanta that she was shocked over the death.

Lan Ma, whose husband is being held, with bail set at $2 million, released a statement through an Atlanta attorney.

“At this moment, all I want is to protect my children,” said Ma, who lives with her three children in Marietta just north of Atlanta. “I give my condolences to Mrs. Toor and her son. May God help us to overcome this hardship.”

Ma hasn’t spoken to her 44-year-old husband since he was taken into custody Monday, said family friend Christopher Pu. Pu said Ma is making arrangements to travel to Connecticut to see Wang.

Wang is charged with murder, attempted murder and firearms offenses.


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