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.