THE widow and son of a disabled Korean shot dead by police have won $5.53 million from the Government in an out-of-court settlement. The compensation deal, struck after a lengthy legal battle with the Attorney-General's Department, follows a shootout between police and an armed hostage-taker in Aberdeen on October 14, 1994. Crippled computer engineer Kang Sang-bo, 31, and his 23-year-old captor, Cheung Cho-you, died in a hail of bullets after police cornered a hijacked taxi. Now Kang's family are demanding he receive a posthumous bravery award for trying to overcome his captor as police stormed the car. The chase began when Cheung assaulted three women on the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront and tried to throw them in the harbour. He then fled to Central and snatched a policeman's revolver. As officers closed in, he hijacked a taxi in which Kang was a passenger, pushed pedestrian Ku E-suen, 18, into the car and sped towards Aberdeen. But the taxi ran into a police roadblock at Shum Wan Road, near Ocean Park, where Ms Ku and driver Ho Chun-ming, 40, managed to flee during the shootout. Senior Inspector Cheung Chiu-ping later told an inquest he had fired blindly into the back of the taxi without realising Kang was being held hostage. Lawyer Camille Jojo, representing Kang's family, launched an action calling for compensation from the Government in October 1995. Kang's widow, Kang Choi Soon-ja, who received a $2.1 million interim payment last year, collected the balance of her new $4.45 million settlement last week. 'Mrs Kang was pleased and relieved that it is all over,' Mr Jojo said. Another $1.08 million will be placed in trust for the couple's eight-year-old son, Kang Myung-ji. But Mrs Kang wants her husband's bravery recognised by the Criminal and Law Enforcement Injuries Compensation Board and the Police Commissioner. Kang had shown 'undisputed heroism' in grappling with his captor and trying to persuade him to surrender, Mr Jojo said. In a letter to the compensation board, Mr Jojo said the award would be a symbol of 'inestimable value and importance' to Kang's young son. 'While financial compensation can never replace Mr Kang, we believe a bravery award would provide a real and significant token of his heroism,' said Mr Jojo. 'It would allow his widow and child to honour his memory with pride.'