Man charged with murder after hitting cop with stolen snow plow
Toronto police Sgt. Ryan Russell was struck while in his police vehicle.
January 13th, 2011
01:17 PM ET

Man charged with murder after hitting cop with stolen snow plow

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.

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  1. Kevin Willans

    Rest in peace Sgt. Russell. As for all the ridiculous comments posted...no wonder there is so much strife in the US! Some of you are truly hateful and delusional. What the hell does Sarah Palin have ANYTHING to do with Canada? Some of you are so ignorant it's scarey!

    January 14, 2011 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
  2. John

    Better get some range time Tizbad. I'm a licensed instructor. We teach shoot to kill. We teach center mass because it gives the least chance of a miss and the highest chance of a kill because of the likelihood of hitting vital organs. Head shots are low probability hits and increase the chance of a stray slug hitting a bystander. Condolences to the Sgts. Family.

    January 14, 2011 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
  3. John

    Apologies Tizbad, reply should have been to Katie. Was posting from Blackberry.

    January 14, 2011 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
  4. Rob

    The obvious solution to this is to outlaw snow plows.

    January 14, 2011 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
  5. Boirn in T.O.

    It doesn't matter what side of the border we live on; the death ( no matter how it happened) of a police officer or state tropper while on active duty is a tragedy, as is a firefighter, a corrections officer, etc. The crime rate or death toll from crime is not the fault of a gun, but the fault of the person who used it. The right to bear arms is fine as long as that right is not abused or misused for illegal or dangerous purposes. As for Sgt. Russell, rest in peace and may his wife and 2 yr. old son be taken care of by the TPD. Furthermore, we Canadians are human and we are as equally shocked as to what took place in Arizona. God bless all of them in this unbelievable tragic moment.

    January 14, 2011 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Julius

    Here we go again!.......the bashing of two neighbours, who are suppose to be allies. Forget the inmature comments at a time of tragic death. As a Canadian, I am sure that all Canadians are shocked and left in disbelief over the tragedies that took place in Arizona last Saturday. As for Sgt. Russell, he was killed in the line of duty, and any officer killed in the line duty requires a level of respect and honour from everyone. I may be Canadian, but I have no ill feelings towards people who live in the U.S. I have relatives who where born and lived there, and I love them dearly. God bless both countries!!

    January 14, 2011 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Proud Canadian

      Amen Julius !!!

      January 14, 2011 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jackson

    why don't all of you keep your negiative comments to yourself and respect the fact that a police officer was killed in the line of duty. Not only a police officer, a father, a husband and a friend. show some respect, sgt. Russell has earned it.

    January 18, 2011 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  8. PAULINE

    Thank you to all US Officers who came to a truly emotional funeral. Over 12,000 from across Canada and US not including the public. My heart broke when little 2 year old Nolan asked "Mommy, where's Daddy?" while waiting for the casket to come down the red carpet.

    January 19, 2011 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Proud Canadian

    you're truly an ignorant texan!!!!

    January 13, 2011 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
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