Chris Doncaster Death and Obituary, Man killed following shootout with police in Innisfil identified
A 23-year-old man has died after a firefight with police in Innisfail, Ontario. Home has been identified. Chris Doncaster was pronounced dead Tuesday night following a shooting at a home near the 25th Sideroad and 9th Line. The shooting has claimed the lives of two South Simcoe police officers.
The special investigation team has not formally identified the gunman, saying only that he is a 23-year-old man living at the home.
But in an interview with CTV News Toronto on Wednesday, several family friends and an ex-girlfriend identified the 23-year-old resident as Chris Doncaster. Neighbours said Doncaster was the grandson of an elderly couple who lived in the house.
“He’s definitely a problem kid. That’s what I’m trying to say,” a neighbor told CTV News Toronto. “They don’t know exactly what’s not going to happen behind closed doors, but it’s very disturbing. When I think about how these grandparents feel right now about their grandchildren and what’s going on in that house, it’s frustrating to me.”
South Simcoe Police Chief John Van Dyke determined the officers killed were police officers. Devon Northrup, 33, and Const. Morgan Russell, 54, at a news conference Wednesday afternoon. Police also released photos of the two officers.
Northrup served 6 years with Simcoe Police, while Russell is a 33-year veteran.
“This is a heartbreaking time for our police department, affected families, our emergency services and our community. Our current focus is to support our members and their grieving families,” Fan said. Dyke said. Northrup is assigned to the Community Mobilization and Engagement Unit and is a member of the service’s Crisis Outreach and Mental Health Support Team and Emergency Response Unit. Van Dijk said his partner, parents and many close friends survived.
Assigned to the Unity Patrol, Russell is a trained crisis negotiator. He leaves behind his wife and two teenage children.
“It’s personal to me. I went to the police academy with Morgan 33 years ago,” Van Dijk added. Van Dijk said the service has asked York Regional Police to investigate the circumstances surrounding the incident. “We have to acknowledge that the Ontario Special Investigation Unit (SIU) has fulfilled its mandate. So there is very limited information we can share,” he said.
“We ask for your patience and privacy as we try to deal with the loss of our two beloved family members,” he added. Authorities previously said the two officers were on the 25th Sideroad and 9th Line just before 8pm. A family in the area received a harassing call. The family at home called the police, SIU said.
Upon arrival, the SIU said a 23-year-old male resident of the home engaged in an exchange of fire with two police officers. The man was pronounced dead at the scene, SIU said. The circumstances of his death have not been confirmed.
Both injured officers were rushed to a local hospital by emergency ambulance and police, police said. Northrup died of his injuries. Ongoing police said Russell was taken to a trauma centre in Toronto in critical condition and died of his injuries Wednesday morning.
SIU has assigned six investigators and three forensic investigators to handle the case. The Provincial Police is investigating police conduct that may result in death, serious injury, sexual assault and/or shooting at individuals.
SIU said it did not seek the consent of the man’s family to reveal his identity. “SIU’s death policy requires family consent, and in this case, the man’s family did not agree to release his name. The man’s autopsy is scheduled for Friday. The investigation is currently ongoing,” SIU spokesperson Christie De Nate told reporters Wednesday afternoon.
Denette added that the man’s gun was collected at the scene. She couldn’t confirm what type of gun it was. She also told reporters that the SIU did not designate any officials as NCOs at the time.