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. Frisco

    Unbelievable. I cant comprehend why you people are debating about whos country is better when a man has lost his life. Regardless of where this police officer was killed is irrelevant. We should all mourn this man who put his life on the line for the greater good of us all no matter where you or he is from. I am appalled that some people have turned this into a USA vs CAN forum. Disgusting. Show some respect for the fallen. Some of you should be ashamed.

    January 13, 2011 at 2:10 am | Report abuse |
  2. The Bacon Chef

    Another pig hits the grill #friedthepolice 🙂

    January 13, 2011 at 2:35 am | Report abuse |
  3. Rock Dog

    Sad to hear. On another note, the article reads "The man took a stolen snow plow" that would mean someone stold it before him and then he took it. That isn't the case it should be "The man stold a snow plow"

    January 13, 2011 at 3:28 am | Report abuse |
  4. tooneye

    Was it Mr Plough from the Simpsons who nicked the snow plough?

    January 13, 2011 at 5:27 am | Report abuse |
  5. kenny zufelt

    No way? a bare foot homcidal speed freak in a stolen snow plow?

    January 13, 2011 at 5:43 am | Report abuse |
  6. kenny zufelt

    How does a barefoot man get a snow plow? this was a very brave police man .

    January 13, 2011 at 5:50 am | Report abuse |
  7. Georgeous

    Got a lot of people going nuts in the world these days, from the east to the west, north to south. God help us.

    January 13, 2011 at 6:38 am | Report abuse |
  8. Nik

    I am astonished at the amount of ignorance and insensitivity from some fellow Americans...we are ALL human, no one country is better than another! And what the *@#* does race have to do with anything?! My heart goes out to his widow and infant son...

    January 13, 2011 at 7:17 am | Report abuse |
  9. dancingfrog

    i'm often embarrassed by what some of our politicians/& general public say/do. I live in the lower 48, unfortunately amoung some rude, stupid, ppl. where mercy is shown, mercy is given. that goes w/compassion or anything else that humans are suppossed to exhibit towards their fellow humans. my condolences to the ppl of toronto, the officers who worked w/their fallen commrade & the police officer's family. there is a saying .. ignorance is bliss. if that's the case, then why mite it be, that more ppl aren't happy? again my condolences.

    January 13, 2011 at 8:09 am | Report abuse |
  10. dancingfrog

    i am sorry for any life that's lost in sensless acts of violence, regardless of how it occurs, where it occurs & to whom. if you haven't something nice to say, perhaps you shouldn't open your mouth, or type in this case & show just how ignorant, rude, intolerant, & totally lacking in compassion. blessed are the peace keepers. my deepest sympathy to the russell family, the ppl of toronto, & mr. russell's co-workers.

    January 13, 2011 at 8:29 am | Report abuse |
  11. arvin durden

    I am quite distressed by this murder. I was under the impression that Canada had snowplow control. How could this happen?

    January 13, 2011 at 8:55 am | Report abuse |
  12. patrick


    I have lived at Yonge and StClair for 20 years, and no I am not gonna punch kittens, however I would love to beat you with your own limbs

    January 13, 2011 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
  13. akgjkajgkjkjkei

    barefoot snow man drives on your lanes at night be careful he might plow your house along with the snow.

    January 13, 2011 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  14. akgjkajgkjkjkei

    better call batman.

    January 13, 2011 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  15. HAHA

    So hilarious how everyone is reacting to Grimming's comment. Its a TROLL people....CALM DOWN

    January 13, 2011 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
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