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. fake

    it just goes to show that there are nuts all over the world. it's to bad.

    January 12, 2011 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |
  2. nutjob1-2nutjob2

    "Nutjob 1 to Nutjob 2 come in, Over" "I'm going to be executed just like you in the not to distant future for killing a cop in Canada" "Hello Nutjob 1 r u there,... Jared Lee Loughner are u ignoring me"? "Damn these American Nutjob's, I hate being ignored... Wish we were cellmates Jared Lee Loughner" "Nutjob 1 Signing Out"

    January 12, 2011 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Patrick

    Canada will always be inferior to the US plain and simple. That simple sentence shouldn't be too hard for you

    January 12, 2011 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stinky Britches

      Nice day for trolling?

      January 12, 2011 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • standingwave

      All I know is that Patrick is inferior to most everyone.

      January 12, 2011 at 8:59 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Kingjbthebizzle

    curto is an IDIOT and should be taken out back and shot just like the fool in this story!

    January 12, 2011 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Patrick

    I believe that overall the citizens of the US are relatively happy with their lives. Maybe that could explian our increases in population compared to canadas lack thereof. There is a reason why ppl choose to come to the US and not canada. Once u get over 300 million ppl and the second largest economy in the world, come talk to us

    January 12, 2011 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Rick

    The suspect hit numerous vehicles as he continued through the city’s streets for another half-hour or more,after hitting the officer.??? It just seems like a long time to get this guy.

    January 12, 2011 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Patrick

    Melibusa how you gonna say my comnt is ignorant? I really don't care what u think. If the truth is ignorance then I guess that's what's up. I respect Canada but I am gona put some of these folk in their place, that insist on bashing the USA

    January 12, 2011 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Patrick

    You tell em' Jessica!

    January 12, 2011 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Proud Canadian

    i must say that the comments on here by some of you americans are absolutely pathetic and disgraceful. a police officer lost his life today. he was killed in the line of duty and at only 35 had his whole life ahead of him . he leaves behind a wife and a 2 year old son who now has to grow up without a father and all you morons can do is make fun, criticize and joke about which country is better......you should all be ashamed of yourselves.

    January 12, 2011 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
  10. dave

    I couldn't of said it better!!

    January 12, 2011 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Patrick

    And @standingwave ur a dick, nuff said

    January 12, 2011 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Patriot

    God Bless the USA and Nowhere Else!

    January 12, 2011 at 10:01 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Patrick

    @patiriot, heell yeah!

    January 12, 2011 at 10:14 pm | Report abuse |
  14. creamcheese

    I'll tell you what the cops should have done, they should have finished the bas*ard off with a final shot to the head. I'm confident that no jury in the entire country would convict them for what they should have done.

    January 12, 2011 at 10:20 pm | Report abuse |
  15. loyst

    This is not about which side of the border is better or worse. There is a brotherhood amongst police officers regardless of citizenship. One of them was killed today, and he leaves behind a young wife and son in the line of duty.

    The ignorant comments from both Americans and Canadians need to stop. A boy now has to grow up without his dad, not something to take lightly.

    January 13, 2011 at 12:16 am | Report abuse |
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