Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Toronto policeman killed by stolen snowplow
The News Report follows:
An 11-year veteran of the Toronto police force is dead after being struck Wednesday by a stolen snowplow.
Toronto police chief Bill Blair said Sgt. Ryan Russell, 35 was one of two officers engaged in the pursuit of the stolen snowplow early Wednesday in the city's downtown.
The second officer suffered unspecified injuries.
Police were called just before 6 a.m. about a truck with a snowplow in the front that was stolen from a parking lot in the Parliament and Dundas Streets area.
Officers tracked down the stolen vehicle, reportedly using the GPS device installed inside, to the Davenport and Avenue Roads area — where one of the officers was struck by the snowplow.
Video images showed paramedics performing CPR on the officer as he was loaded into an ambulance. Toronto EMS Deputy Commander Dave Viljakainen said the officer was transported to St. Michael's Hospital downtown with no vital signs.
Meanwhile, police continued its pursuit of the snowplow through heavy snow for six city blocks until officers were forced to fire a number of shots, said Toronto police Staff Sgt. Chuck Konkel. The male suspect of the vehicle was struck by at least one of the bullets, according to Toronto police Staff Sgt. Jeff McGuire.
He was also taken to hospital for his injuries and remains in police custody.