Man who died in Innisfil police shooting identified


A 23-year-old man who died following an alternate of gunfire with police inside an Innisfil, Ont. house has been identified.

Chris Doncaster was pronounced useless on scene following a shooting inside a house close to twenty fifth Sideroad and ninth Line on Tuesday evening.

The shooting claimed the lives of two South Simcoe police officers.

The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) has not formally identified the gunman, solely saying that he was a 23-year-old man that lived on the house.

But on Wednesday a number of household buddies and an ex-girlfriend who spoke with CTV News Toronto confirmed the id of the 23-year-old resident as Chris Doncaster. 

Neighbours stated Doncaster was the grandson of an aged couple who resided in the house.

CTV News Toronto has discovered that Chris Doncaster was the suspect in a lethal Innisfil, Ont. shooting that left two police officers useless. (Source: Instagram)

“He was definitely a troubled kid. That is all I would feel comfortable saying,” one neighbour advised CTV News Toronto.

“You don’t know the details of what goes not behind closed doors but it is very upsetting. I am upset to think about how those grandparents are now feeling about their grandson and everything that transpired in that house.”

South Simcoe Police Service Chief John Van Dyke identified the slain officers as Const. Devon Northrup, 33, and Const. Morgan Russell, 54, throughout a information convention on Wednesday afternoon.

Police have additionally launched photos of each officers.

Northrup had six years of service with South Simcoe Police, whereas Russell was a 33-year veteran of the service.

“This is a heartbreaking time for our police service, the families impacted, our emergency services personnel and our communities. Our immediate focus is to support our members and their grieving families,” Van Dyke stated.

Northrup was assigned to the Community Mobilization and Engagement Unit, and was a member of the service’s Mental well being Crisis Outreach and Support Team and the Emergency Response Unit.

Const. Devon Northrup, left, and Const. Morgan Russell, proper, had been fatally shot throughout an incident on Oct. 11 in Innisfil, Ont. (Supplied)

He is survived by his accomplice, dad and mom and plenty of shut buddies, Van Dyke stated.

Russell was assigned to uniform patrol and was a skilled disaster negotiator. He is survived by his spouse and two teenage kids.

“This is personal for me. I went to police college with Morgan 33 years ago,” Van Dyke added.

Van Dyke stated the service has requested York Regional Police to conduct an investigation into the circumstances of the incident.

“We must acknowledge that the Ontario Special Investigations Unit (SIU) has invoked its mandate. I am therefore very limited in what information we can share,” he stated.

“We ask for your patience and privacy as we attempt to come to terms with the loss of these two beloved members of our family,” he added.

Authorities beforehand stated that the 2 officers responded to a disturbance name at a house in the realm of twenty fifth Sideroad and ninth Line, shortly earlier than 8 p.m.

The SIU stated relations inside the house made the decision to police.

Police and SIU investigators collect on the scene the place two police officers had been killed in Innisfil, Ont., on Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Arlyn McAdorey

Upon arrival, the SIU stated there was an alternate of gunfire between a 23-year-old male resident of the house and the 2 officers.

The man was pronounced useless on the scene, the SIU stated.

The circumstances surrounding his dying haven’t been confirmed.

Police stated each of the wounded officers had been rushed to a neighborhood hospital by emergency run and Const. Northrup died of his accidents.

Const. Russell was airlifted to a Toronto trauma centre in crucial situation and succumbed to his accidents Wednesday morning, in keeping with police.

The SIU has assigned six investigators and three forensic investigators to the case.

The province’s police watchdog investigates the conduct of officers which will have resulted in dying, severe damage, sexual assault and/or the discharge of a firearm at an individual.

The SIU stated it has not acquired consent from the person’s household to launch his id.

“According to the SIU’s policy in death cases, consent has to be provided by the family and in this circumstance the man’s family has not consented to the release of his name. The man’s autopsy is scheduled for Friday. Till that time, the investigation is ongoing,” SIU Spokesperson Kristy Denette advised reporters Wednesday afternoon.

Denette added that the person’s firearm was collected on the scene. She couldn’t verify what kind of firearm it was. She additionally advised reporters that the SIU has not designated any officers as topic officers at this level.

A vigil was held Wednesday night at Innisfil Community Church, the place tons of gathered to point out assist and pay tribute to the slain officers.

Several police officers are gathered exterior the coroner’s workplace in Toronto in honour of two South Simcoe officers who had been killed in an Innisfil shooting on Oct. 11. (Courtesy: Kenneth Enlow)

A neighbour advised CP24 {that a} younger man lived along with his grandparents in the house the place the shooting occurred.

Another neighbour, John Ridge, has lived on the road the place the shooting occurred for the previous 26 years. He stated it is a quiet neighbourhood and was shocked to listen to in regards to the deadly shooting.

“It’s unsettling and disheartening to have a cop shot proper in your avenue however that is what this world has come to,” Ridge stated.

Early Wednesday morning, quite a few police cruisers participated in a procession for the primary fallen officer to the coroner’s workplace, close to Highway 401 and Keele Street, in Toronto.

At round 8:30 a.m., police participated in one other procession for the second fallen officer. They drove from Toronto’s St. Mike’s Hospital alongside the Don Valley Parkway and Highway 401 to the coroner’s workplace.

Premier Doug Ford stated Wednesday he was “heartbroken” to study in regards to the dying of the 2 officers.

“I wish to ship our condolences and our prayers and ideas out to the household and buddies and to all of the police officers on the market, such a detailed knit neighborhood,” he advised CTV News Toronto.

“You simply do not see this up in Simcoe, very seldom you ever see one thing like this nevertheless it simply goes to point out you that it might probably occur wherever right here in the province or in the nation however I do know additional particulars will come out as soon as the investigation finishes there,” he added.

Ford stated he’ll be visiting the police detachment in Innisfil Wednesday afternoon.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau additionally tweeted his condolences to South Simcoe Police and the fallen officers’ family members.

The shooting comes a month after Toronto Police Const. Andrew Hong and two others had been fatally shot by a gunman who went on a shooting spree in the GTA on Sept. 12.


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