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.


A Facebook profile picture allegedly used by a man under the name Jennifer Jackson to lure a 12-year-old boy. (Supplied photo/York Regional Police)

Woman's pic used to lure boy online: Cops

A man pretended to be a pretty woman in order to lure a 12-year-old boy into sexual chats over the Internet, York Regional Police alleged Tuesday.

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.

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.

A family lays a wreath at the at Hamilton City Hall cenotaph Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014, in front of a member of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada, slain soldier Cpl. Nathan Cirillo's reserve regiment. (CHRIS DOUCETTE/TORONTO SUN)

Cpl. Cirillo on minds as Hamilton marked Remembrance Day

It was a sombre day in Steeltown as a huge crowd gathered at City Hall to remember Canada’s fallen, especially hometown hero Cpl. Nathan Cirillo who was gunned down in the nation’s capital last month.

Marcus Cirillo, 5, attends the funeral for his father, Cpl. Nathan Cirillo. (ERNEST DOROSZUK/Toronto Sun)

Canadians line up in support of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo's family

It’s been a painful week for Canadians, one that began with the shooting of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo in our nation’s capital and ended with the heartbreaking sight of the slain soldier’s young son straining to look out the window of a black limousine at the sea of red honouring his father.

Jian Ghomeshi is seen in this March 9, 2014, file photo. (REUTERS)

Jian Ghomeshi launches $55M lawsuit against CBC

CBC star Jian Ghomeshi launched a $55-million lawsuit Monday against the public broadcaster, alleging he was fired Sunday because of the CBC’s “fear of how the public would react to” his controversial sex life.

Cpl. Nathan Cirillo's son, Marcus, explored some of the toys Saturday that were left for home at memorial set up outside the family's Hamilton home. (Chris Doucette/Toronto Sun)

Visitation Sunday for Cpl. Cirillo

Steeltown residents plan to seize the opportunity to say a final farewell to “Canada’s son” in the coming days.


Mother of soldier's killer speaks out about son

The “horrified” mother of the man who killed Cpl. Nathan Cirillo believes her son was “at odds with the world,” possibly “mentally unbalanced” because of drug abuse and acting out of “despair” when he stormed Parliament Hill.

Two dogs peek out from under a gate at the Hamilton, Ont., home of slain soldier Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, Oct. 23, 2014. (ERNEST DOROSZUK/QMI Agency)

Family, strangers mourn Cpl. Nathan Cirillo

Tears flowed freely Thursday as those who knew and loved Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, as well as many complete strangers, struggled to understand the proud soldier's cold-blooded murder in our nation's capital.