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.

Stories

Paul Koenderman, former CEO of Aecon Industrial Group, was killed when his SUV was hit by wheels that flew off a truck on Hwy. 400 north of Toronto on Jan. 27, 2016. (Handout/Postmedia Network)

Truck driver charged in flying tire death

A trucker now faces criminal charges after the tires flew off his rig and killed a former construction company executive near King City almost four months ago.

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Elementary teacher accused of sex assault

A 34-year-old man is accused of having a sexual relationship with a teenaged girl he once taught at an elementary school east of Toronto.

A stray deer is pictured in a Whitby backyard pool on Tuesday, June 2, 2015. (Durham Regional Police)

Deer safely captured in Whitby backyard

Cops and animal control officers worked together to successfully relocate a deer that wandered into a Whitby neighbourhood and took a dip in a pool Tuesday morning.

Toronto Community Housing special constables maintained a presence in the Danzig St. townhouse complex Saturday, May 10, 2015 after a woman was found slain the night before. CHRIS DOUCETTE/TORONTO SUN

Man struck by Via train charged with murder

Cheryl Colbert was home in her Danzig St. housing complex on the day of the city’s worst ever mass shooting in 2012, so she thought she’d seen it all.

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.

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Man drove wrong way on Hwy. 401 for 20 km: Cops

A suspected drunk driver faces charges after he allegedly drove the wrong way along Hwy. 401 Saturday morning, somehow managing to travel through oncoming traffic for more than 20 kms from Toronto’s west end into Mississauga without killing anyone.

Poppy, rosary found in mystery tunnel near Pan Am venue

Whoever dug the ominous tunnel near the Rexall Centre — one of the venues for this summer’s Pan Am Games — likely has some construction or engineering experience, a whole lot of free time and apparently some deference for veterans and Christianity.

Released sex offender James Alfred Cooper. (Toronto Police handout)

'Canada's worst pedophile' living in Toronto, cops warn

James Alfred Cooper, who has been described as Canada’s worst pedophile, is now living freely in Toronto after serving 21 years behind bars for the brutal rape and torture of six kids in the Hamilton area.