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. Hum Hum

    Clearly our "social" system is screwed up allowing headcases out on the streets when they ought to be locked up. It's time we trash the "politically correct" policy and call sociopaths for what they really are – senseless monsters and quit trying to pretend its normal to have them walking around us! We allow criminals in halfway houses infiltrate our neighborhoods and we let mental degenerates walk around us. I think our Police Officers have enough to deal with let alone clean up the mess of a non-working mental health Policy and dysfunctional Social Program.

    January 12, 2011 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Youre All Idiots

    stop making this about nationality....there are jerks and saints on both sides of the boarder. Where someone was born doesnt effect what comes out of their mouths or what they write......anyone bashing nationality is ignorant

    January 12, 2011 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mtl76

      Thanks. I was about to post the exact same thing.

      January 12, 2011 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  3. MRTQ

    Well now we need snow plow control! Make snow plows illegal to stop death.....

    January 12, 2011 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bart

      When snowplows are outlawed, only outlaws will have snowplows!

      January 12, 2011 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Wilco

    R.i.p.*fallen protector .

    January 12, 2011 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  5. will

    nooo not the ferrari

    January 12, 2011 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark, Toronto

      LOL I know the dealership, its about 20 mins walk from my place; such a pity

      January 12, 2011 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Rambo

    If you ask me, if the officer stayed between the plow and his car with the plow coming, it's call suicide.
    Not murder. Darwin Award.

    January 12, 2011 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jay

    See! When you don't have guns people have to steal snowplows to go on rampages, that makes lunacy seasonal.

    January 12, 2011 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Sierrav8

    Now we need to ban snow plows, after all it was involved in the killing of another human being. BAN SNOW PLOWS. Isn't this foolish. Ban guns cause they kill someone, instead of blaming the shooter. So ban snow plows instead of this mad theft/driver.

    January 12, 2011 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
  9. kbaredge126c

    How do we know it's Americans making all the stupid comments? Could be anybody.

    January 12, 2011 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark, Toronto

      In those particualr cases, only because they identify themselves as such or their reference implies it – no worries, a troll is a troll no matter where they are from

      January 12, 2011 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Rambo

    New Training course at the Toronto Police: Where to stand when you try to stop a plow.

    January 12, 2011 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  11. DirtCrashr

    Clearly the only sensible thing to do,after this senseless tragedy that is all SARAH PALIN'S FAULT, Canada must ban all high capacity snowplows.

    January 12, 2011 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  12. i.d.i.o.t.

    that was at E. Reply isn't working right.

    January 12, 2011 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Emily

    My deepest condolences to the families and friends of the officer.

    I am often so interested to read what my fellow Americans think on new stories that stand out to me. I usually come away disgusted and wonder how I could possibly breathe the same air at many of the people who post. Please don't judge all Americans by the hate and stupidity you read on here. I know that is hard given the current political climate, but there are many loving, kind people here as well.

    January 12, 2011 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Canadian Girl

      You're right, Emily. Only those who made the comments should be shamed. We should not paint all Americans with the same brush. Take care.

      January 12, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark, Toronto

      Emily, don't sweat it, if you saw some of the ignorant things our own people post in some of our dailies you'd would not be able to tell the difference.

      January 12, 2011 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Eric

    Oh my God, we must now ban snow plows so we will have no more sensless snow plow killings!!

    January 12, 2011 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  15. stonedwhitetrash

    Is Canada going to ban snowplows holding more than a few litres of petrel.

    January 12, 2011 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniel

      @stonedwhitetrash – petrel ??? Really, are you that stupid ...petrol as in petroleum

      January 12, 2011 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • kbaredge126c

      Petrol as in gasoline. U.K. terminology

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