Suspect, driver sought in connection with homicide

Case #: 2023-1906479

By Ron Fanfair

Ron Fanfair


Homicide and Missing Persons Unit

Police are seeking a male suspect and the driver of a vehicle in connection with Toronto’s fortieth homicide of the year.

On August 15, 2023, at around 10.49 p.m., Toronto Police received numerous calls regarding a fail to remain/personal injury occurrence in the area of Sherbourne St. and Queen St. E.

Responders located a male victim in the middle of Sherbourne St. who was declared deceased at the scene.

The victim has been identified as Douglas James MacDonald, 54, of Toronto.

At a press conference at police headquarters on August 17, Detective Sergeant Brandon Price said the male suspect physically attacked MacDonald on the west sidewalk of Sherbourne St.

“Mr. Macdonald fled the immediate attack, but was chased into the middle of Sherbourne St. where he fell to the ground,” said Price. “The suspect continued the attack on Mr. Macdonald while he was on the ground in the middle of the roadway. Following the attack, Mr. Macdonald appeared incapacitated as he lay on the roadway without moving. Seconds later, a northbound passing vehicle struck him as it passed.”

The suspect is described as adult male, Black skin, short to mid-length black hair in dreads or twists, average build, wearing a black short sleeve shirt, a green hoodie with light camouflage pattern on the hood portion, black jeans with small tears on the front of both legs and black shoes.

He fled on a bicycle northbound on Sherbourne St.

Price said the passing vehicle was a white four-door sedan.

“I want to make it clear to the individual that was operating that vehicle that they are only considered a witness at this point of our investigation and I encourage them to come forward,” he added.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-7400, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), or at

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