Ontario authorities have filed first-degree murder charges against a 44-year-old man accused of running down and killing a Toronto police officer with a snow plow on Wednesday.
Richard Esber Kachkar stole a truck equipped with a snow plow in downtown Toronto and then went on a two-hour rampage through city streets, police said.
Toronto police Sgt. Ryan Russell was struck by the truck driven by Kachkar and was pronounced dead after arriving at a local hospital, police said.
Police Chief Bill Blair said authorities were able to bring charges quickly because of information from the video camera in Russell’s cruiser and the cooperation of witnesses.
Kachkar also faces two counts of attempted murder related to the incident. He is recovering in a Toronto hospital from a gunshot wound suffered when police opened fire on the plow truck, according to CNN affiliate CTV.