Sergeant Ryan Russell Toronto Metropolitan Police Service Ontario End of Watch: Wednesday, January 12, 2011

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Sergeant Ryan Russell
Toronto Metropolitan Police Service

End of Watch: Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Biographical Info
Age: 35
Tour of Duty: 11 years
Badge Number: Not available

Incident Details
Cause of Death: Vehicular assault
Date of Incident: Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Weapon Used: Automobile; Commercial
Suspect Info: Shot and wounded

Sergeant Ryan Russell was struck and killed by a stolen snowplow while attempting to arrest its driver at the intersection of Avenue Road and Davenport Road.
The plow had been stolen earlier in the morning and was located using the plow’s onboard GPS. Sergeant Russell was struck as he he attempted to stop the plow.
Other officers shot and wounded the suspect a short time later after locating the vehicle again.
Sergeant Russell had served with the Toronto Metropolitan Police Service for 11 years. His is survived by his wife and young son.

Agency Contact Information
Toronto Metropolitan Police Service
40 College Street
Toronto, ON M5G 2J3
Phone: (416) 808-2222
Please contact the Toronto Metropolitan Police Service for funeral arrangements or for survivor benefit fund information

The killing of Toronto police Sgt. Ryan Russell has led to an outpouring of grief and sympathy across the city.

Everyone from the Ontario premier to average Torontonians have stepped forward to say how deeply affected they are by the death. Russell died after being hit by a truck outfitted with a snowplow, an incident that resulted in police eventually shooting a suspect.

Premier Dalton McGuinty said everyone is shocked by the tragedy and the death is a "grim reminder that we should never take the dangers of policing for granted."

"Every once in a while we are reminded through tragic circumstances of the kind of work that we ask our police to do for us every single day. And today’s another painful example," McGuinty said in Kitchener, Ont.

Toronto police Chief Bill Blair spoke to the media Wednesday afternoon from the lobby of Toronto police headquarters. Blair said he had spoken to the family of the slain officer — his wife and his parents.

"Sgt. Russell leaves behind a very courageous young wife and a two-year-old son. It is indeed a tragedy for the service, and for the city."

Many in sympathy

Blair said the death of a police officer strikes a deep chord with many, many families across the city.

"I know today when it went across the radio, on the news, that a police officer had been badly hurt, that at least 6,000 families in this city — that their hearts skipped a beat. And everyone quickly thought, where is my loved one?"

"There is very little comfort that ours is safe but someone else has lost their life and another family has been so deeply hurt by this," said Blair.

Flags at the Ontario legislature and at municipal buildings across Toronto are flying at half-mast as a sign of mourning for Russell.

"His bravery and service to the City of Toronto will not be forgotten," said Mayor Rob Ford, who met reporters outside his office but would not comment further on the shooting or answer questions.

Blair said he also wanted to thank, on behalf of the force, the hundreds of ordinary citizens who had expressed their condolences. "My thanks to the very, very many citizens who have called to express their love and their support," the chief said.

Many Torontonians expressed their shock and grief.

"It’s heartbreaking," said one man, "he’s got a toddler, I understand, and it must be very hard for the family, so our thoughts and prayers are with the family."

"It’s tragic," said another man. "Sad to see. You never like to see anything like that."

Funeral details have not been completed.


4 Responses to “Sergeant Ryan Russell Toronto Metropolitan Police Service Ontario End of Watch: Wednesday, January 12, 2011”

  1. 1 Ronald G. ROTH January 13, 2011 at 12:24

    Our Family , Ronald And Sandra ROTH, retired RCMP, pass along our prayers and sympathy for Mrs. Russell and son, in their loss of husband and Dad. Also to the Toronto Police Service in the loss of a Comrade. Keep the faith and hold the torch higher for our lost brothers. Retired Sgt. R.G. ROTH

  2. 2 AJ January 14, 2011 at 23:15

    “Heros in life not in death”, you will be remembered for your bravery and actions. It is always hard to lose abrother on the job. From your family on the job, you shall be missed, but never forgotten. On behalf of the city, your actions throughout your carreer serve as a guide to those who could only dream of making such a sacrifice in the line of duty, I thank you. A fellow officer.

  3. 3 Naeem January 18, 2011 at 12:20

    Very sad and tragic my sympathies to all in his family and to his fellow officers. Some people really put their life and work on the line when we forget sometimes the very dangers the job that police force have to do. His memory will and actions will always stand for the good that he did. Much appreciate his dedication to his work and express gratitude for his good heart.
    May he rest in peace and wish his wife and family members and close colleagues courage and comfort in these difficult moments. RIP

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