Chris Doucette, Toronto Sun

Toronto Sun crime reporter Chris Doucette. (Sun files)

Chris Doucette, also known as The Douce, is the Toronto Sun’s crime reporter, an occasional feature writer and MMA columnist. For more than a decade, he has reported on the murder and mayhem in the country’s largest city. He has ventured into the toughest neighbourhoods when gunfire erupted, interviewed countless murder victims’ families and covered some of the most heinous crimes and horrific tragedies Toronto has ever seen. He was there when the bullets started flying in the summer of 2005, the infamous Year of the Gun, and covered many of the record-setting 52 deadly shootings — including the Boxing Day bloodbath that claimed the life of 15-year-old Jane Creba. Doucette was also there in 2008 when innocent bystanders Hou Chang Mao, John O’Keefe and Bailey Zaveda were killed by stray bullets and when Dylan Ellis and Oliver Martin were inexplicably sprayed with gunfire while sitting in an SUV. More recently, the award-winning reporter was on Danzig St. on a warm July night in 2012 for the city’s worst ever mass shooting. Gang violence, biker and mob wars, the deadly abductions of Holly Jones, 10, and Cecilia Zhang, 9, in 2003 and the mysterious disappearances of Christina Calayca, 20, in 2007 and Mariam Makhniashvili, 17, in 2009, Doucette has been there for it all. He’s also been known to leave town when duty calls as he did in the summer of 2012 when the Algo Centre Mall collapsed in Elliot Lake, killing two women, and when he travelled to Cuba in 2010 to take on Castro and bring trapped teen Cody LeCompte home. 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 and the UFC’s first-ever stadium show. Doucette is a married father of two who brings a wealth of experience to the job. Prior to embarking on his journalism career, he drove a truck for a living for about eight years and served his country for three years as a soldier in the Royal Canadian Regiment, spending two of those years overseas in Germany.

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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

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Elementary teacher accused of sex assault

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

Deer safely captured in Whitby backyard

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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

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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

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

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

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