Ministry of the
Solicitor General

OCC Inquest - Doucette 2016

Bureau du coroner en chef

Verdict of Coroner's Jury

Office of the Chief Coroner

The Coroners Act - Province of Ontario

Surname: Doucette
Given Name(s): David Andrew
Age: 49

Held at: 25 Morton Shulman Ave.
From: December 5
To: December 14, 2016
By: Dr. J. Carlisle, Coroner for Ontario
having been duly sworn/affirmed, have inquired into and determined the following:

Name of deceased: David Andrew Doucette
Date and time of death: February 18th 2015  at 21:55
Place of death: St. Michael's Hospital, Toronto
Cause of death: Gunshot wound to neck
By what means: Homicide

(Original signed by: Foreperson)

The verdict was received on the 14 of December, 2016
Coroner's name: Dr. J. Carlisle
(Original signed by coroner)

We, the jury, wish to make the following recommendations:

Inquest into the death of:

David Andrew Doucette

Jury Recommendations

To the Toronto Police Services Board and to the Chief of Police:

  1. The Toronto Police Services should actively and continuously explore new technologies in the area of less lethal use of force options. The findings should be available in a timely manner.  
  2. Toronto police services should continue to explore the use of Conducted Energy Weapons by front line officers who have been provided with proper training.
  3. Whenever a sergeant is dispatched to a scene, to consider directing dispatchers and the sergeant to communicate, whenever circumstances permit, the estimated time of arrival.

To the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care and the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services:

  1. Conduct a review as to whether specific types of health information should be provided to police services, who are frequently the first to have contact with an individual. Information to consider as part of the review may include information that may cause an individual to be a risk to others. The review should include consultation with relevant stakeholders and include consideration of the best way to make the information available in a timely manner.

To the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care, the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services, Toronto Police Services Board and the Chief of Police:

  1. Consider building a repository of  the locations of housing for those in need of social and psychiatric services and develop a process by which to access and disseminate the repository information at the time of dispatch.
  2. Ensure that police officers are oriented to high risk housing locations within their assigned divisions.