Chris Doucette, Toronto Sun

Toronto Sun crime reporter Chris Doucette. (Sun files)

Chris Doucette, aka The Douce, is a crime reporter, feature writer, occasional MMA columnist and photographer. For more than 15 years, he has reported on the murder and mayhem in the country’s largest city, covering some of Toronto's most heinous crimes and horrific tragedies. The award-winning reporter was on the scene for many of the record-setting 52 deadly shootings during the infamous Year of the Gun in 2005, including the Boxing Day bloodbath on Yonge St., and on Danzig St. following the city’s worst ever mass shooting in 2012. Gang violence, biker and mob wars, abductions, Doucette has been there for it all. He travelled to Cuba in 2010 to help bring home an Ontario teen trapped in the communist country, covered the deadly Algo Centre Mall collapse in Elliot Lake in 2012 and was on the ground in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013. The Douce has also written extensively about mixed martial arts, urging the Ontario government to lift its ban on the sport, which it finally did in 2010, and calling the action from Octagon-side as a record-setting 55,000 fight fans packed the Rogers Centre in 2011 for UFC 129 — Toronto’s first ever UFC event. A married father of two, Doucette also served his country as a soldier in the Royal Canadian Regiment prior to embarking on his journalism career.


Two gunmen are seen firing through glass at Anthony Soares on Sept. 14, 2017.

Graphic video released in murder of Drake's pal

Anthony Soares was inside the front doors of a Scarborough highrise waiting to be buzzed in — with nowhere to run — when two gunmen suddenly ambushed him.

Matthew Prince, 25, recently found a Stevens Savage 87B .22 calibre rifle stashed in an old dresser that someone tossed out with a pile of garbage at the side of a road in the city's west end. (CHRIS DOUCETTE, Toronto Sun)

An unexpected find: A .22-calibre rifle

When it was new, this Stevens Savage 87B .22-calibre rifle had a golden wooden stock and made a unique click-clack sound as the bolt slid back and forth with each shot fired.

Rescue forces stand in front of the truck that speeded into a christmas market in Berlin, on Dec. 19. (AFP/GETTY IMAGES)

Berlin terror attack warning a hoax: RCMP

A man who warned the RCMP that terrorists were set to launch an attack in Berlin — three days before a truck plowed into a German Christmas market — was jailed when his claim was dismissed as a “hoax.”

A video released by PETA allegedly shows Bowmanville Zoo owner Michael Hackenberger talking about disciplining animals. (Supplied/PETA)

More video of Bowmanville Zoo owner?

Shocking new hidden camera video allegedly captures a brash Ontario zookeeper, who is already under investigation by the OSPCA, detailing his methods for training animals.

Green spray paint at the corner of Golden Orchard Dr. and Grand Forks Rd., in Mississauga, marks the spot where a man, 26, was shot by Peel Regional Police early Saturday. (CHRIS DOUCETTE, Toronto Sun)

Vest didn't contain explosives: Peel cops

An alleged 26-year-old suspected suicide bomber who was shot by cops in Mississauga over the weekend — within hours of the terror attacks in Paris — now faces charges.

Karen Sutherland and Merrick

Owner upset OPP officer ran over 'sweet dog' twice

The owners of a 21-year-old dog that ran away during a storm Monday are shocked that a police officer mistook their beloved pet for a coyote and callously ran the pooch over with his cruiser — twice — before shooting her dead.

A man, 30, was Tasered in this Tim Horton's, on Simcoe St. S. in Oshawa, after he allegedly flipped out on staff, attacked patrons and head-butted a cop. (CHRIS DOUCETTE/Toronto Sun)

Cops Taser man inside Oshawa Tim Hortons

A 30-year-old man was Tasered at a Tim Horton's in Oshawa after he allegedly went berserk, attacked patrons and head- butted a cop Thursday night.

Don Edwards (inset) and his parents Arnold and Donna, who were slain in 24 years ago. (Postmedia Network file photo)

Former NHL goalie Don Edwards fights to keep parents' killer in jail

Former NHL goaltender Don Edwards estimates he stopped millions of pucks during his stellar hockey career, but preventing the man who butchered his parents and attempted to kill his sister from ever walking the streets again as a free man has been the toughest test of his life.

Imelda Mel Saluma, 46, faces numerous charges for operating a business in North York that allegedly recruited immigrants in other countries hoping to come to Canada to work and scammed them out of more than $1.5 million. (Toronto Police handout)

Woman accused of bilking immigrant workers

A 46-year-old woman operating a recruiting agency in North York is accused of preying on numerous immigrant workers, mostly in the Philippines, and bilking them out of more than $1.5 million, Toronto Police said Thursday.