In the final hours of his life, Raymond O. Porter left a bloody trail that stretched from a slaying in SeaTac to a house party in White...

Share story

In the final hours of his life, Raymond O. Porter left a bloody trail that stretched from a slaying in SeaTac to a house party in White Center, where he fatally shot Deputy Steve Cox, the King County Sheriff’s Office said Monday.

Investigators believe Porter shot and killed rival gang member Dominique McCray, 23, and left his naked body on a street in SeaTac sometime before 10 p.m. Friday, said sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. John Urquhart.

About four hours later, Porter shot Cox while the 46-year-old deputy was interviewing him alone inside a room at the White Center home.

“He shot and killed Deputy Cox with two shots to the head then stepped over Deputy Cox’s body and started firing at other officers who were down the hallway at the end of the living room,” Urquhart said Monday. The two deputies who returned fire killed Porter.

Ballistics tests have linked Porter’s gun with both shootings, Urquhart said. He declined to give the caliber of the weapon.

Cox and the other deputies were at the White Center home to investigate the shooting and beating of a motorist outside the party. The motorist was apparently lost in the fog when he drove his pickup into a car belonging to someone at the party, Urquhart said.

The man, who hasn’t been identified, was yanked from the vehicle, beaten and shot twice in the head. He was released from the hospital a few hours later.

Remembering Deputy Steve Cox

The funeral service for slain King County sheriff’s Deputy Steve Cox will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the Christian Faith Center South, 21024 24th Ave. S., SeaTac. The service is open to the public. A private burial will be immediately afterward.

Additional events: At 5 p.m. today, a candlelight vigil will be held in front of the White Center Sheriff & Community Service Center, 9609 16th Ave. S.W. At 7 p.m. the Church Council of Greater Seattle will host a service, featuring scripture reading and prayers by clergy of multiple denominations, at the White Center Sheriff & Community Service Center.

Donations: Donations to the Cox family may be made to the Steve Cox Memorial Fund at any U.S. Bank branch.

Four other people who were at the White Center party have also been arrested in the wake of the shootings of Cox and the motorist, according to police documents. Three people — a 32-year-old man, a 26-year-old woman and a 21-year-old woman — were arrested on investigation of assault in connection with the beating of the motorist.

A Seattle man, 26, is also being held in connection with the assault on the motorist and with McCray’s death. His bail was set Monday at $1.75 million.

Police said the younger woman told them she was with Porter and the 26-year-old man when they picked up McCray, who was under the impression they were all going to party at a White Center bar.

As the 26-year-old man was driving, police documents allege, Porter pulled out a gun and told McCray to disrobe. When the group drove up to the 13600 block of 18th Avenue South in SeaTac, Porter told McCray to get out of the car and start running. Porter then shot McCray twice, according to court documents.

The 26-year-old man then got out of the car and shot McCray once in the head, according to police documents.

Porter, of West Seattle, was being supervised by state Department of Corrections (DOC) officers since his August prison release at the time of the shootings.

He is the third recent prison releasee to be accused of killing a King County law-enforcement officer since August.

Other deaths

On Nov. 13, Neal Kelley collided with a car driven by Seattle police Officer Beth Nowak, 30, while he was driving a stolen Honda. Both died instantly. Kelley was wanted by police for failing to meet with his DOC community corrections officer.

On Aug. 13, Seattle police Officer Joselito Barber, 26, was killed by a speeding driver who was just 10 days out of prison. Mary Jane Rivas has been charged with vehicular homicide and cocaine possession.

In addition, three Mill Creek police officers were injured Sunday morning when a recent prison releasee also under DOC supervision attacked them with a knife. The man was arrested.

Because of the three officers’ deaths, Gov. Christine Gregoire Monday asked state prison chief Harold Clarke to review how his agency supervised all three convicts. She said she wants the DOC to see if there are any similarities in how officers handled the convicts and whether changes are needed in the criminal-justice system.

In trouble at age 14

Porter, 23, had been in trouble with police since the age of 14, King and Snohomish county court records indicate. He had been in jail, prison or under DOC supervision since he was 18.

In 2001, Porter pleaded guilty to a drug violation and in 2002 was charged with assault after police said he threatened to kill a man after a minor traffic accident, according to court papers.

In the assault case, court documents say Porter, some friends and several relatives threatened to kill the other car owner when the man suggested Porter pay him $250 to cover the damage after Porter rear-ended the man. Porter told the man, “I’m gonna put 250 in your head. It’s over. I’m gonna end your life today. You’re gonna stop breathing,” according to court documents.

Porter entered pleas to harassment and criminal trespassing and was given a one-year suspended sentence.

About a month later, he was picked up on drug violations for possession of cocaine and sent back to prison, where he was eventually discharged to work release.

Upon Porter’s most recent prison release in August, he told his family he was determined to stay out of trouble and get custody of his 3-year-old daughter, who is in foster care, said Porter’s mother, Chloe Porter of Seattle. He had most recently been working as a day laborer and living in West Seattle, she said.

But according to the DOC, Porter had recently failed two drug tests and repeatedly missed appointments with community corrections officers. He was an “associate member” of the Black Gangster Disciples gang, the DOC said. Porter was mostly a struggling drug addict, not someone with violent tendencies, said DOC spokesman Gary Larson. Community corrections staff could have sent Porter back to jail for testing positive for drugs, as recently as Nov. 9, but instead ordered him to drug treatment.

Larson said the DOC is conducting an internal review regarding the circumstances of Porter’s supervision.

Though Chloe Porter admits her son had had his troubles, she said he was never violent.

“He’s not a monster,” she said. “My son was a good kid.”

Urquhart said deputies may never know why Porter killed Cox, but that the shooting of McCray earlier in the evening may have prompted him to open fire.

Investigators said the gun used to shoot the wayward motorist is not the same weapon used to kill McCray and Cox.

Three people arrested at the White Center house were also convicted felons under DOC community custody supervision.

They are being investigated for reportedly breaking the terms of their prison release by being at the party, according to the DOC.

Jennifer Sullivan: 206-464-8294 or

Information from staff reporters Natalie Singer, Brian Alexander, Ralph Thomas and news researcher Miyoko Wolf is included in this report.