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Monday, February 04, 2013

2 Years Later - Trial Starts For Man Who Ran Down A Toronto Cop With A Snowplow

Toronto officer snowplow death trial gets underway

Sgt. Ryan Russell killed after struck by stolen snowplow 2 years ago

The first-degree murder trial of a man accused of running down a Toronto police officer with a stolen snowplow two years ago got underway today.
Richard Kachkar, 46, is charged in the death of Sgt. Ryan Russell, an 11-year veteran of the force.
Jury selection was held last month, and Kachkar has pleaded not guilty.
Police allege Kachkar stole the snowplow, and then led police on a wild chase through snow-covered city streets on Jan. 12, 2011. Russell was struck by the plow near Avenue and Davenport roads.
Russell, 35, became the first Toronto police officer killed while on duty since 1994. He had been promoted to sergeant six months before his death
Russell's widow, Christine Russell, reflected on her difficult first year without her husband in an interview with CBC Radio's Metro Morning in January 2012. She was among the people inside the packed courtroom Monday. He also left behind a young son.
Russell's funeral was attended by thousands of police officers and members of the public.
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