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. TDOT

    2007 Toronto Canada 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 |
  2. mick

    I live in Toronto, I believe that the murderer has a mental illness and was living in a homeless shelter.
    Not condoning what he did, he will probably get life for this, but mental illness is real just as the Arizona shooter was totally off his rocker.

    January 13, 2011 at 9:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Doodle

      There may have been a history of mental illness, but he has family and owns a small piece of commercial property in St. Catharines, where he was seen as recently as three days ago. The St. Catharines Standard has a write-up on what little of his background they were able to dig up.

      January 13, 2011 at 10:13 pm | Report abuse |
  3. cj

    Officers still get plowed on the job?

    January 13, 2011 at 10:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alan

      Classy.... Typically classy. Nice to see you can make humor of a situation that leaves a 2 YR old without a father and a devastated wife without her husband.... Jack ass.

      January 13, 2011 at 11:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Josh

      Moron. Go play in traffic.

      January 14, 2011 at 2:44 am | Report abuse |
  4. Carrie Higby

    Ross;
    Exactly what American cities have YOU visited? Have you been to Paterson, or Camden NJ? Or perhapS have you Holidayed in South Central LA, should wE even mention Washington DC,and New Orleans? )Ou may Wanbt to also swing Through Detroit and Then report back to us on the level of US vs Canadian crime!

    January 13, 2011 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Carrie Higby

    Ross;
    How could I possibly have left out Philadelphia??? Checkout Those stats!!Or visit..

    January 13, 2011 at 10:21 pm | Report abuse |
  6. jesus

    Palin made him do it. sad. what a bith huh?

    January 13, 2011 at 11:49 pm | Report abuse |
  7. obviously

    Sara Palin's fault.

    January 14, 2011 at 2:32 am | Report abuse |
  8. lee

    Mr. Plow wasn't paying attention.

    January 14, 2011 at 3:52 am | Report abuse |
  9. tommy pitchford

    Just how do u think u are going to outrun cops in a snowplow truck

    January 14, 2011 at 4:07 am | Report abuse |
  10. Jake

    With all the inane comments, there must be a lot of people out there living inane lives.

    January 14, 2011 at 5:44 am | Report abuse |
  11. Don

    From here in Saint John NB, my deepest condolences to the officers family, Thank you so much for his service,doing a job that is dangerous beyond belief. Good to see the kind words from some of our friends to the south. As for the "trolls", go away losers... you won"t be missed,. Can"t imagine saying some of the stuff thats here.

    January 14, 2011 at 5:47 am | Report abuse |
  12. tizbad

    In Honor and Memory of the fallen Officer, may you Rest In Peace!!

    January 14, 2011 at 7:53 am | Report abuse |
  13. Stupidity

    I'm sorry but did this officer have a brain? Why the hell would you stand in front of a plow with a crazy person driving it? It sucks he died but when you die of stupidity I don't feel bad.

    January 14, 2011 at 8:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Proud Canadian

      were you there to actually see the officer stand in front of the plow?? don't make assumptions because you know what happens when you assume, right!!! you don't know what happened anymore than anyone else because i'm sure the police officer would not purposely put himself in harms way. he was a family man with a 2 year old son whom i'm sure he planned to see when he got home that night, which obviously did not happen. quit passing judgement and show some compassion!!!

      January 14, 2011 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Vromo Calarno

    You all disgust me !

    January 14, 2011 at 8:23 am | Report abuse |
  15. radselnam

    Toronto doent even have the worst crime rate in Canada. Don't even compare it to the cities of the US. Regina, Saskatoon, Vancouver that's where you find your canadian crime

    January 14, 2011 at 8:36 am | Report abuse |
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