Man charged with murder after hitting cop with stolen snow plow
Toronto police Sgt. Ryan Russell was struck while in his police vehicle.
January 13th, 2011
01:17 PM ET

Man charged with murder after hitting cop with stolen snow plow

Ontario authorities have filed first-degree murder charges against a 44-year-old man accused of running down and killing a Toronto police officer with a snow plow on Wednesday.

Richard Esber Kachkar stole a truck equipped with a snow plow in downtown Toronto and then went on a two-hour rampage through city streets, police said.

Toronto police Sgt. Ryan Russell was struck by the truck driven by Kachkar and was pronounced dead after arriving at a local hospital, police said.

Police Chief Bill Blair said authorities were able to bring charges quickly because of information from the video camera in Russell’s cruiser and the cooperation of witnesses.

Kachkar also faces two counts of attempted murder related to the incident. He is recovering in a Toronto hospital from a gunshot wound suffered when police opened fire on the plow truck, according to CNN affiliate CTV.

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  1. Wilco

    R.i.p.*fallen protector .

    January 13, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • ldean

      @Ga . . . as a fellow U.S. southerner, you embarrass us all. Show some respect.

      January 13, 2011 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kate

      Ga, that's a completely stupid and ignorant remark. You have no idea what would have happened in the "south". Believe it or not cops die in the south too.

      January 13, 2011 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Johnny

    One has to wonder how often judges must resist the urge to reach across the bench, grab the suspects shoulders and violently shake them screaming "What the hell were you thinking!?!"

    January 13, 2011 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • NMGrrL

      Given that judges are supposed to be impartial finders of fact (when serving in that capacity) and the one who determines the correct application of the law, this would be a terrible miscarriage of justice should a judge actually do this. That said, I served as an attorney and a judge in the US for some 22 years before retiring due to MS. On hearing some "explanations" offered by defendants for their actions, I frequently found myself pondering this question exactly: "what were you thinking?"

      January 13, 2011 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  3. JoeDonner

    Judges question nothing, all they are good at is throwing the fraud laden book at people and profiting off misery.... Justice is not blind/impartial anymore. Never has been

    January 13, 2011 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      Your comments do not apply here. Seriously.

      January 13, 2011 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Canada - Our little sister

      Your not planning on showing up to any political rallies anytime soon are you?

      January 13, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • NMGrrL

      Wow! I don't know anyone who has left a successful law practice to "profit" as a judge. There is usually a tremendous economic disincentive to judicial service. There is no profit in misery, and many jurists I know work extremely hard to mitigate misery in every way possible. Today's judges are, for the most part, incredibly well-trained in the law AND in the resources available to support those who are enmeshed in the legal system, whether in criminal or civil cases. Many point litigants to valuable assistance with counseling, housing, education, child support, etc. that people had no idea existed. It sounds like you may have been on the losing side of an emotionally charged case. Sorry for your hard experience.

      January 13, 2011 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brad

      Of course its not impartial. Nothing can ever be impartial as everyone has an opinion and makes their mind up by that. While Judges are human as well and my make their opinions, they still wait until all the facts are presented. My opinion of you is that you are ignorant of the law and people. But that's just my opinion. I don't know you and so I don't have all the facts. Have a nice day.

      January 14, 2011 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
  4. Rose

    I am so sorry. My heart goes out to his family... You're right... What was he thinking?

    January 13, 2011 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Paul Francis Drake

    Sgt. Ryan Russell was a very decent human being and was acting to protect and serve the citizens of Toronto – doing his job as those citizens paid him to do. This Canadian salutes Sgt. Russell and all members of the Metropolitan Toronto Police Force, imperfect and human as they are. My sincere condolences go out to his widow and his children. Rest in Peace, Ryan. Thank you for giving your all.

    January 13, 2011 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Vezalo

      As a police officer in America, I also salute a fellow brother lost wearing a shield. Your service will be remembered, and your family will be takin care of. A special place in heaven awaits you. God bless the Toronto PD.

      January 13, 2011 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jeddak

    Condolences to his family and fellow officers from a Kansan and fellow north american. Couldn't have a better neighbor for a country.

    January 13, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • ldean

      Well said, Jeddak . . . and sincerest good, kind thought are being sent to you from North Carolina, as well. We're proud that you are our neighbors.

      January 13, 2011 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael F

      Thank you. It's always reassuring to see comments like that from our American neighbours than insulting ones.

      -A Torontonian.

      January 13, 2011 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mayrienne

      To Jeddak and Idean, your acknowledgement is valued. It's nice to see and I can say I very much appreciate your acknowledgement of this calamitous event. Our cops are the best and Toronto, a true gem of a city, is reeling from this. Luckily the police got a few rounds into this swine but it doesn't ease the pain of losing Sgt. Russell.

      January 13, 2011 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Hexter

    Thinking about our Blue Brother and his family

    January 13, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • yes you are a martian

      @Martian your name suits you. Have you been living under a rock for the past few years? Canadians are hardly the murderers that Americans are.

      Obvious troll is obvious.

      January 13, 2011 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • ignorance is bliss

      Aww! He can't spell! RIP

      January 13, 2011 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • CHERYL


      January 13, 2011 at 11:09 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Lawrence

    You shoot to kill not wound, someone needs to get some range time in... just sayin

    January 13, 2011 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cakes

      Stop smoking rock.

      January 14, 2011 at 12:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Katie shoot to "neutralize the threat.". No officer is told "shoot to kill.". You aim for center mass (torso). If this wasn't the case, everyone shot by the police would be shot in the head...if shoot to kill was the idea, why waste time on the torso? Educate yourself and keep your ignorant insults to yourself.

      January 14, 2011 at 7:25 am | Report abuse |
  9. david

    the car was not damaged that bad considering. just sayin

    January 13, 2011 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • vir

      The poor man was caught between the plow and the car. Early news footage showed quite a large amount of blood on the snow before it was eventually covered with some sort of tarp.

      January 13, 2011 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • CHERYL


      January 13, 2011 at 11:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cunservative

      I know... do you think i can pick it up cheap. What is not being said is that While Blue blood runs thick. The rest of us Americans love to see it run. PERIOD. The more of you that die, the better America will be. You are the disease, death to you is the cure.
      Sign up another Blue Blooder who couldn't get a job in a McDonald's for being too dumb and hiding behind a shield. There is no such thing as a live good cop. You're all crooks and crooked. and the ones that think they are good, are bad for covering up for the rest of them.

      Peace be upon you.

      February 11, 2011 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Andy

    Well said Johnny, I want to do that to him too. He didn't have to steal a snow plow!

    January 13, 2011 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andy

      Rest in Peace, Ryan. Prayers to his family.

      January 13, 2011 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Ross

    Crime in Toronto is worse than any US city except maybe Newark.

    January 13, 2011 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • thorn

      I dont think so.. Washington DC probably leads the world in crime, theft, cause of death and human misery. I wouldnt put any city in canada in the same class as washington dc.. in dc they even give the murderers medals.

      January 13, 2011 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael F

      Cite your source.

      January 13, 2011 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Angelo

      Ross ... there are about the same number of homicides in Chicago each year as there are in the whole of Canada (33 million POP.). Last year Vancouver was their 'hotbed' of crime and it had, take a guess .... nine murders! There's been that already this year in most of our cities.

      Oh yeah, Canada is a violent place

      January 13, 2011 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Doodle

      Try again, Ross.

      January 13, 2011 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Proud Canadian should do some research before posting false information!!

      January 13, 2011 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rc

      ? I beg to differ Detroit Atlanta Chicago new York. Give me a break.

      January 13, 2011 at 8:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sylvia

      Crime is worse in Toronto than any U.S. city? Are you kidding me? You need to look at your stats my friend. More people were killed in Detroit in the first month of 2010 than the entire year in Toronto and Quebec combined.

      January 13, 2011 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • CHERYL


      January 13, 2011 at 11:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • toronto_medic

      Toronto is an incredibly safe city. Even during what they dubbed "The Year of the Gun" we only had 83 murders in a population of 3.5 million people – and most of those deaths were gang members killing eachother. When you do the math on that we are so lucky.

      We have incredible police officers, and now we have one less. It's a terrible loss.

      January 18, 2011 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  12. john jacob

    I hope the rookie Toronto Mayor (Rob Ford) would change his mind after this incident about cutting the budjet of TPS who give their lives to protect our lives.

    January 13, 2011 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  13. NMGrrL

    My condolences to the family, friends, and co-workers of Sgt. Ryan Russell.

    January 13, 2011 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Derry Nelson

      I remember an incident in Forsthye County North Carolina a teenager stolen a Bulldozer and ran over and crush a deputy while he was trying to get out of his car to death. He was actually flatten by a crazed on drug youth .

      January 14, 2011 at 3:13 am | Report abuse |
  14. John

    Another terrible tragedy RIP

    January 13, 2011 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Rizzo

    well was the truck driver a democrat or a repulican ,, did sarah palin make him do it ???

    January 13, 2011 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • From the North

      lucky our politics are not as partisan as yours – and palin has nearly no influence on us. I'm giving you the benefit of the doubt that you know our political system is not dems v. republicans.

      January 13, 2011 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • TDOT

      hes canadian there isnt a democrat and republican lol liberal and conservative

      January 13, 2011 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse |
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