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 cityâ€™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 â€“ a â€śguy with no shoesâ€ť â€“ jumped in and sped off.
â€śHe was barefoot and just came running and jumped in,â€ť plow company President Peter Tolias told the Star. Officials have not released the suspectâ€™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.
This is almost as terrible as the Maple Leafs are at hockey
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.