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. Charles

    You got to see these murders they like to play with kids

    January 13, 2011 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Charles

    Maybe you'll know people r people when you learn this worlds extablishment are for mostly babys an how imoprtant it is for them

    January 13, 2011 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Charles

    ::: :::

    January 13, 2011 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Charles

    They used an honer system to imply to a child using sIx all the special move ment that comes with they used

    January 13, 2011 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Charles

    Just one smart remark to a judge. *u. I bent over running to a bunch of used books

    January 13, 2011 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Chicago PD

    Rest in peace Sarge, thank you for your service and may justice be swift.

    January 13, 2011 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
  7. For the record

    Another one bites the dust!

    January 13, 2011 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Madmax

    Ah suck! He'll be out in no time. Canadians don't believe in capital punishment. For some reasons, this brought back memory of an episode in the Family Guy where they made fun of Canadian. The episode where Stewie going off to kill Santa. Peace!

    January 13, 2011 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Oakland.Ca

    F#*K the police.

    January 13, 2011 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Josh

      Real original. Now, run and go study for your GED Bubba.

      January 14, 2011 at 2:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Cunservative

      I'm with you on this one. Sick and tired of what this country has turned into.. Time to stop the excuse of funding more money for this police state we all live in.

      February 11, 2011 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Toronto the Good

    My thoughts and prayers go out to the family.
    Want to thank Ryan and the Toronto Police Force for Keeping this city safe.

    January 13, 2011 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Canuck

    As a Canadian I am grateful to our American brothers who are sympathetic and disregard to comments of the ignorant few that give the US a bad name.

    January 13, 2011 at 8:36 pm | Report abuse |
  12. budfrogrus29

    Rest In Peace SARGE and my prayers go out to your family. Thank you for your service. Rest in peace my brother in arms we walk this earth togehter and never meet but have the same goal for crime.

    And for the rest of you stop your crap this for the sarge and all you can do is argue over something dumb.

    January 13, 2011 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Really???

    What the heck was wrong with that guy. A snowplow is the next best thing to a tank for destructive capability. The officer died doing something that required a lot of courage. You grow brave men up there. Lock that crazy up. Jail may specify a certain term, but can he be committed to a mental care facility indefinitely? Read that as meaning for the rest of his days.

    January 13, 2011 at 9:10 pm | Report abuse |
  14. jeff

    crime is one thing, deaths by handguns is a diffrent story. I live in Baltimore,and like Washington,Detroit,LA,NewYork,we see what the right to bear arms has done to our citys. We could learn alot from our allies up north.

    January 13, 2011 at 9:13 pm | Report abuse |
  15. TDOT

    2007 Toronto exceeded that record: there were 84 killings.

    42 of the murders were shootings, 22 were stabbings, and 14 were caused by trauma (blunt force). The cause of six murders was either unknown or unreleased as of January 2, 2008.

    January 13, 2011 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cunservative

      and most were done by cops against innocent people. All nicely covered up and supported by the unions and brotherhood.

      February 11, 2011 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
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