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. Daniel

    cop should have known better than to jump infront of a plow – unless he was wearing a plow proof vest?

    January 12, 2011 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • USA

      If you are from America please don't admit it. That was a stupid reply! Tell people your from Mexico and you are an idiot!! Police officer dies and your trying to make a joke. Who cares where the officer lived he was a human being who lost his life. Why does it have to be USA against Canada? It was human life lost not a hockey game.

      January 12, 2011 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark, Toronto

      USA, dont mind him, doesnt even matter where he's from, he's just a troll that thinks he's witty

      January 12, 2011 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • jack

      Now that's funny.

      January 12, 2011 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Just Chill'n

    I'm just bett'in that this guy was hopped up on Rush Linbaugh and Hanity.

    January 12, 2011 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Sean

    My prayers to the Office family and friends. Such a waste of a life. By the way I am in the States and like it or not, Not all of us are idiots like some of these Troll post are. Again my prayers to the officer family and friends.

    January 12, 2011 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Canadian Girl

      Thanks. 🙂

      January 12, 2011 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark, Toronto

      Sean, the majority of people are civil – whether here or south of our border, sadly these comment boards (including many in Canada too) are filled with people that would not dare say the same things to our face. In fact, go read the comment boards in the Guardian, or the BBC in the UK – and you find the same ignorance.

      January 12, 2011 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • north and south in Toronto

      I have family on both sides of the border. Some American, some Canadian.
      I have lived in the United States and Canada.
      There are wonderful Americans and Canadians. These tragedies touch all
      of us. We are all North American in the end.
      Sympathies to the officers family.

      January 12, 2011 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
  4. D

    Police brutality really? Guy Killed a cop and was lucky to have not killed anyone else. No one crying for him.

    January 12, 2011 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Ryan

    It happened in Toronto, then the perp is either Asian or Black.

    January 12, 2011 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • TorontoBorn

      @Ryan – You're VERY ignorant. Have you been to Toronto? Black or asian? Seriously? Come see the city and the diversity for yourself before you run your mouth. That is all.

      January 12, 2011 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Toronto MMA

    Wow, Us Canadians, stand side by side your troops and are fighting YOUR WAR with you and losing brave young men and women. And all you haters are so ignorant and rude and poking fun of Canadians. Your all losers sitting behind a computer hiding because your all a bunch of low lifes. God bless the officer who was killed.

    January 12, 2011 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Canada

      They're INTERNET TROLLS. If you think some random morons on here represent every single American alive and dead, then you're just as ignorant and bad as you think they are

      January 12, 2011 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark, Toronto

      I'm from Toronto as well and agree with the responder, these trolls do not reflect Canadian values anymore than they reflect American values. Ignore the trolls, they feed on the attention.

      January 12, 2011 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • knows more

      you are wrong and i know more than you do about what happened here, in this place which I was not occupying at the time of the above event/incident.

      January 12, 2011 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Kneeneye

    @ Canadians. I am sorry for some of the ignorant people that live here in the US, please do not judge all of us by the few ugly ones with nothing to do all day but make fun of tragic events. Secondly, let's tone down the comments about the US. For those of us that are not "ugly Americans" it is not lost on us that Canadians exist and thrive thanks to us. A majority of your population lives within a stones throw of our borders and employed by our companies. I love our neighbors to the north and am sorry for any loss of Canadian life. The rest of you hosers can take off – eh?

    January 12, 2011 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark, Toronto

      No worries, we have our share of idiots too ;). Most of us have many ties to the U.S, and lets face it we do like to playfully mock each other from time to time – after all we did beat you in hockey, and someday we're going to invade Florida – no no not the rest, just Florida, we need somewhere warm to spend the winter 😉

      January 12, 2011 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • alrightythe

      one day america....one day

      January 12, 2011 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
  8. American

    The reply feature is not working. oh well.

    January 12, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  9. lftryagain

    Jeez, what is wrong with you people – making jokes about a cop getting killed. If you are Americans you need to keep your Azz in the Tuscon blogs and be stupid where people are use to it. Don't make a bad name for all us Americans! Some of us love our neighbors to the north! Condolences to the Officers family, friends, and coworkers.

    January 12, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  10. bethradd

    My heart goes out to the cop's family. Man. What a horrible way to die. 😦

    January 12, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Brian B

    American's shoot each other to the tune of 200+ homicides a day with no comment of it being a tragedy or even an issue from anyone in power. A man kills a cop with a snow plow and it is, "the worst of days" in Toronto. What the hell is wrong with America???

    January 12, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Canada

      12% bl`ack population. Nuff said.

      You only hear about wh`ites being involved in gun violence in America when it's some cr`azy doing the shooting, which, when accounting for the difference in population between the two countries, happens about as frequently as cr`azies going on rampages in Canada. Blame our bla`cks.

      January 12, 2011 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark, Toronto

      Sheesh what an IGNORANT TOOL, please tell your not Canadian, but nevermind it doesn't matter, your a racist tool either way.

      January 12, 2011 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  12. dan darnell

    The cop wouldn't have died if he didn't stand in front of the plow. Did he really think that just by standing in front of a moving vehicle the driver would stop?? Not very smart.

    January 12, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Ryan

    my thoughts exactly...I am a police officer and I ordered you to stop, stop, arrrgggghhh

    January 12, 2011 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Scooped

    Idiotic comments, not just in response to this story but every time a story is open for comments, is one of the reasons people in the rest of the world lose more respect for Americans everyday. I live just across the border but dread having to go to your country to deal with people in a country that has the collective IQ of an ant hill.

    January 12, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • American

      Not sure what the IQ of an anthill would be, but I think you are safe for a few more years. Once the upcomming generation starts to take over, THEN i'd be concerned. Nothing but a bunch fo socially inept 13 year olds expecting welfare handouts who learn how to interact in the anon world of cyberspace...I am afraid for America's future.
      Have room for one more up north?

      January 12, 2011 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  15. PAPilot

    This is an absolute tragedy! We must immediately ban all snow plows! After all, if we're going to ban all guns after the Arizona shooting, we must necessarily ban all snow plows after a cop is killed with one. Makes perfect sense!

    January 12, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • EER

      and you sir sound like a stupid pilot....and a rethuglican pilot at that

      January 12, 2011 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • adrienne

      But don't you see, the nutjob killed one person in the same time a machine gun could kill dozens!!! I don't know the answer to keeping guns out of the hands of criminals, not sure if gun control would work considering that criminals don't follow the law, and the existence of the black market for banned weapons. But certainly, can you seen their (gun control advocates) point at least? Someone can make a weapon of a brick, but they can't cream 30 people at a 'clip' with one.

      January 12, 2011 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
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