Barefoot man steals snow plow, kills cop
January 12th, 2011
01:55 PM ET

Barefoot man steals snow plow, kills cop

A man took a stolen snow plow on two-hour rampage through the streets of Toronto, Canada, Wednesday morning, killing a police officer and wrecking cars and a car dealership.

Police said the suspect stole the privately owned plow in downtown Toronto about 5:30 a.m., according to a report from CTV news.

Police Sgt. Ryan Russell, 35, was struck by the plow and pinned against his cruiser when he tried to stop the truck about a half-hour later, according to news reports. He died in a hospital emergency room.



The suspect hit numerous vehicles as he continued through the city’s streets for another half-hour or more, and rammed the plow into a Ferrari dealership, according to news reports.

Just after 7 a.m. the plow came to a stop after hitting a garbage truck, according to news reports. Officers approached the plow and opened fire, gravely wounding the suspect. He was in critical condition at a hospital, CTV reported.

According to a report in the Toronto Star, the plow company employees were working outside their vehicle when the suspect – a “guy with no shoes” – jumped in and sped off.

“He was barefoot and just came running and jumped in,” plow company President Peter Tolias told the Star. Officials have not released the suspect’s identity and have not speculated on a motive.

The fallen officer was an 11-year veteran of the Toronto force.

"This is the worst of days for the Toronto Police Service," Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair was quoted as saying.

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  1. SnowJoe

    This is almost as terrible as the Maple Leafs are at hockey

    January 13, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. ccharles

    We buried Sgt. Russell today and I think that I speak for many people when I say that no matter how you feel about police officers in general, when a man dies working to protect his city, and leaves behind his wife and his 2 year old son – it's a very sad day.

    January 18, 2011 at 9:13 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. GES

    I'm not sure why am replying to your enormously insensitive and ignorant comment, but I thought I should point out the cops did in fact shoot this suspect as they apprehended him. The man was clearly mentally ill and had been on a two-hour unstoppable rampage damaging vehicles, businesses, and endangering others. The police finally boxed him in with their vehicles to stop him, obviously a dangerous activity, and in this process the officer was struck and killed. Others were then able to shoot the driver and arrest him.

    January 12, 2011 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. E

    I don't know where you are getting your info from but I can tell you that where the officer was bowled over and later where the suspect was shot are BOTH within walking distance of where I live. It was snowing all night and into the morning. Nobody knows the situation yet but its very possible the officer tried to intercept the truck because he was in fact receiving GPS info on where the truck was headed. The officer was out of his vehicle but obviously couldn't get out of the way in time. My belief is he may very well have slipped. The officers here in Canada are highly trained. No they do not pull out their guns at every traffic stop or any time their is a slight altercation. That is also why we do not have anywhere close to the murders of our southern friends. My condolences to his wife and two year old son.

    January 12, 2011 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Tony

    To E. Yeah I can tell how "Highly" trained they are!
    Killed by a plow while trying to stop it God knows how.
    If he was little less trained and pulled out the GUN that a s shole driving the truck would have been dead before the poor officer.

    January 12, 2011 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. kate

    Brownstreaker – your name says it all – what a no class person you are. You are a troll. I would call you an idiot, but that would be an insult to idiots everywhere. I am Canadian, but that is not the issue – anyone who mocks the death of a young man with a young family, who lost his life in the line of duty, is truly less than human. And a pretty bad representative of the US – thank God most Americans are decent people – they will be as disgusted with your stupidity as I am.

    January 12, 2011 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. SuperChunk

    Before you post such ridiculousness, Browny, you might want to be sure you have your facts straight. Are you sure he was standing square in front of the plow? Were you there? The article states he was pinned between his car and the plow.

    "gezzzus freakin christ almighty" is right, when it comes to your ridiculous post. I have to assume you're like 12 y.o. If you're an adult, please don't breed.

    Man! You are such a d-bag.

    January 12, 2011 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Eric

    Shooting people is a bit more difficult than it is in Call of Duty, kiddo.

    Sheeple? Really? Gosh you must be socially awkward.

    January 12, 2011 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. C L

    Police brutality? Are you joking? The man killed a police officer and took the plow on a deadly rampage across half the city.

    January 12, 2011 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Edmonton Girl

    My guess, Grimming, is that the man was on drugs or mentally ill. Because even in Canada, we don't go out in winter with no shoes on and steal snowplows and destroy vehicles. I hope you aren't trying to make this about the police somehow creating this situation – the suspect killed an officer and was a threat to anyone on the streets.

    January 12, 2011 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Paul Durham

    Man was under the influence of the right..no the left. The guy is sick!!

    January 12, 2011 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Amrankwit

    Brutality? Why because they fired shots at him?

    If this had been here, he would not be in critical condition at a hospital, he would be mush in a morgue. I am not a big fan of our Police Forces in America, but I do know that when it's the cops vs bad guy, well, in America, we play for keeps, so bad guy would be gone.

    January 12, 2011 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. JJBLAZE

    ummmm no it is not police brutaility thats a 187 on a police officer, he is now a cop killer and the police have the right to proceed in whatever fasion they please as their own lives are at risk.....

    January 12, 2011 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. notimpressedwithgrimming

    Policy brutality? Are you kidding me? The guy killed a police officer and put the lives of many civilians at risk.

    January 12, 2011 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Jeff from Ohio

    How is this police brutality? He killed first, so they shot back. Explain.

    January 12, 2011 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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