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Toronto Officer Killed After Stolen Snow Plow Pursuit

Toronto Officer Killed After Stolen Snow Plow Pursuit

Police block of Keele St. between Annette St. and Bloor St. where a snow plow came to rest after a man stole it and ran down a police officer on January 12, 2011. []

The Toronto Sun via YellowBrix

January 12, 2011

TORONTO – A Toronto Police officer, struck by a stolen snow plow Wednesday morning, has died of his injuries, a source has told the Toronto Sun.

Sgt. Ryan Russell, 35, was pronounced dead at St. Michael’s Hospital hours after being hit by the plow. Russell, an 11-year veteran of the force, leaves behind a wife and young son, Chief Bill Blair said at a morning press conference outside of the hospital.

Russell worked out of downtown 52 Division. His father also worked as a police officer.

A call about the plow, stolen near Parliament and Dundas Sts., came in around 5:20 a.m., Const. Wendy Drummond said. The officer was struck while attempting to stop it on Avenue Rd. near Davenport Rd. just after 6 a.m.

Paramedics found the officer without vital signs. The officer was rushed to St. Michael’s Hospital.

Chief Bill Blair was seen entering St. Mike’s just before 7 a.m. He is expected to update media this morning.

Police shot the suspect – who fled the scene, driving erratically – near Keele St. and Humberside Blvd. around 7:15 a.m. The suspect is also being treated at St. Mike’s hospital. A second officer was injured in that confrontation.

Russell was promoted to sergeant within the last year. He was a street gang expert who had worked with the Gun and Gang Task Force. He lectured province wide to police about street gangs and was married with a young family.


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    markdewdney

    over 3 years ago

    174 Comments

    From those of us in Toronto, thank you all. Horrid day, especially when Sergeant Russell's 2-year-old son asked "Where's Daddy?" Rough week.

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    gman3858

    over 3 years ago

    318 Comments

    Rest in Peace Brother

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    Sheepdog1

    over 3 years ago

    480 Comments

    RIP brother

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    sstucky

    over 3 years ago

    32 Comments

    RIP

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    michaelem54

    over 3 years ago

    34 Comments

    RIP

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    npd783

    over 3 years ago

    1156 Comments

    Rest In Peace Brother.

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    JMichaelSven

    over 3 years ago

    246 Comments

    Rest in peace, sincere condolences to the family!

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    TrafficCop28

    over 3 years ago

    1424 Comments

    R.I.P.

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    keronspoony

    over 3 years ago

    24 Comments

    Rip brother

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    granny1

    over 3 years ago

    1448 Comments

    rest in peace,god bless.

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    cnjbrooks

    over 3 years ago

    148 Comments

    RIP

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    philfroggy

    over 3 years ago

    1564 Comments

    Rest in Peace Brother

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    uncledennis1

    over 3 years ago

    23294 Comments

    R.I.P. Brother

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    cop233

    over 3 years ago

    144 Comments

    Rest in Peace!!!!!!!!

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    coshane220

    over 3 years ago

    682 Comments

    Rest in Peace Sgt. Russell.

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