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. AK

    No snarky comments from this American about Canadians, guns, weather north of 49, it's not the time....just sympathy for the officer who died doing his duty in a way most of us would not choose for ourselves.

    Godspeed...

    January 12, 2011 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  2. ATX

    So no real people got killed – good.

    January 12, 2011 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Canadian Girl

      Classy

      January 12, 2011 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Canada - Our little sister

      So the police can ignore your calls for help when your being violated by your neighborhood crack heads?

      January 12, 2011 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Snowman

      No, unfortunately you were not killed.

      January 12, 2011 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark, Toronto

      ATX, your just another troll desperately seeking to be heard in a world that could not care less about your drivel.

      January 12, 2011 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  3. heddies

    ONLY IN CANADA, Eh. Atleast we made it to CNN. You know. Constant Negative News. Have no fear, he will out of prison shortly and take some one else's life, by then he would be old enough to die from his madness.

    January 12, 2011 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Brian

    In other news, Senator Lautenberg has introduced a bill to restrict the size of snowplows sold in the United States.

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

    To the people suggesting that banning snowplows is as "illogical" an outcome as banning or limiting access to guns:
    1) A snowplow can't be carried in your pocket or concealed under clothing where it can be pulled out and discharged in an instant
    2) Snowplows are difficult to smuggle, require much space to store, and make a lot of noise as they approach
    3) Snowplows cost more than the average person can afford to spend so they have one "just in case"

    January 12, 2011 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Canada - Our little sister

      4) You are unable to recognize a joke when you see one

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

      WOW!!!! seriously!! You don't get it? AMAZING!!!

      January 12, 2011 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jemway

    That does it. We have got to stop the sale of snow plows.

    January 12, 2011 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  7. R

    Must be the result of something someone said on the "radical right".........The snow was probably caused by Sarah Palin....... The cars were wrecked in order the help Obama develop a plan to save Canada's car industryy, and the poor sould who did this is probably working for the Tea Party. I do feel sorry for the police officer and his family however, no matter how many crazy people attempt to attribute irrational motives to each and every incident committed by unpredictable and increasing derranged individuals.

    January 12, 2011 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Canadian Girl

    Canada – Our little sister: I hope you have a great life. You sound like a special person, and as such, deserve nothing but the best. You take care now...

    January 12, 2011 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Canada - Our little sister

      I will do just that! Can we share a snow come some day?

      January 12, 2011 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Canadian Girl

      No, because we have snow cones up here, not snow comes! 😉

      January 12, 2011 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Canada - Our little sister

      I will admit I have fat fingers and mistyped that one.. but I heard girls like you like that kinda thing!

      January 12, 2011 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Canadian Girl

      Once again, classy.

      January 12, 2011 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Zach Canada

      an overweight american ? get out of town !

      January 12, 2011 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bart

      Depends how you do it!

      January 12, 2011 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Zach Canada

      still spelled wrong.

      January 12, 2011 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Canada - Our little sister

      I have been to Canada many times and I would have to say that Canadians seem to really enjoy their fried foods. You may want to look around before you say that, sparky. But you keep licking your fingers after your 4th run to Horton's today.

      Class? On the internet? LOL, what, are you new here? Ignorant and gullible. When you stop crying you can come back and rejoin the adults.

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

      wow you were totally offended by that.. you must be f%&$!'n huggggggge

      January 12, 2011 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Canada - Our little sister

      "wow you were totally offended by that.. you must be f%&$!'n huggggggge"

      Really? How do we ban the 12 yr olds from posting?

      January 12, 2011 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Zach Canada

      we are you little sister...

      you can dish it out but you can't take it huh? well i'll leave you alone... you sad, sad man 🙂

      January 12, 2011 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Canadian Girl

      Take the high road, Zach Canada. He/she isn't worth bantering with. Their character is obvious.

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

      you're right.. and this is distracting from the tragedy of all this.

      January 12, 2011 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Canada - Our little sister

      "Canadian Girl

      Take the high road, Zach Canada. He/she isn't worth bantering with. Their character is obvious."

      Your choice of words really goes a long way to expose your ignorance.
      You two seem to revel in it.

      January 12, 2011 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
  9. jellymon

    Must be talk radio's fault. Damn that Rush Limbaugh!

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

    How did zees happen!?

    January 12, 2011 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Bob

    I thought only those of us from the USA were this kind of judgmental idiots. Thank you my ignorant neighbors to the north for making me feel a little better about the USA. But damn you for making me think less of the human race.

    January 12, 2011 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • canuck

      Good Job! No spelling mistakes!

      January 12, 2011 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  12. JimboJenkins

    RIP Ryan Russell. Very tragic.

    I'm glad it didn't happen in the U.S. – there would be a bill introduced by congress to ban plows (or at least limit the number of gallons of gas they hold).

    January 12, 2011 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
  13. BigLee

    I am appalled at how we as humans make light of the loss of life. Such as the idiot who wondered if the officer had a plow proof vest on. Would you make such comments if it were your loved one? I have been alive for some very bad things done by very bad people, starting with the JFK assassination. We have enough idiots in America as it is without more coming out of the woodwork with asinine comments. Remember the old phrase and use it...... PLEASE ENGAGE BRAIN BEFORE PUTTING MOUTH (OR KEYBOARDS) IN GEAR.

    January 12, 2011 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Patricia Kraybill

    So many loonies, so much tragedy.

    January 12, 2011 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Blaize

    PLEASE stop with the drama!! a good man died here nomatter how, he died period there may have been ways to stop the "barefoot man" but that is the past every Christian reading this please take 1 minute out of your day and pray for this officers family

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