Deputy Sheriff Steven E. Cox

Deputy Sheriff Steven E. Cox

King County Sheriff's Office, Washington

End of Watch Saturday, December 2, 2006

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Steven E. Cox

Deputy Steve Cox was shot and killed while questioning a suspect in White Center, Washington.

Deputy Cox and other deputies had responded to a shooting in the southwestern part of the city and located a truck driver who had been beaten and shot in the head. As they were questioning people at a nearby house party, Deputy Cox was interviewing someone in a back bedroom when he was shot in the head. Two deputies responding to the gunshot were fired upon but returned fire, wounding the suspect. The man then committed suicide.

Deputy Cox was transported to a nearby hospital where he succumbed to his wound.

The original shooting was the result of the truck driver striking a vehicle with his truck. The victim survived the gunshot wound.

Deputy Cox was a 9 year veteran of the King County Sheriff's Department. He is survived by his wife, son, and stepdaughter.


  • Age 46
  • Tour 9 years
  • Badge 1106

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Committed suicide

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As I closeout my day, I saw a FB post from KCSO about an arrest made at the park honoring you and your service to White Center. Fourteen and a half years ago, we met and I did a ride-along with you. We ate at the White Center substation/community center where you showed me pictures of you with Maria and Bronson; you were beaming over them. During the tour, you spoke of the issues you saw in White Center and all the ideas you had for what to do next. A part of me wanted to go right to work with KCSO so we could do it together. You didn't talk that much during the ride, but once we connected on something, we'd go a while. You were taken far too soon, brother; and so harshly, so tragically. I hope Maria and Bronson are well. I tried writing them through KCSO and never heard anything back. I will never forget you, my friend. Thanks for sharing those hours and your life with me. 'TCB'

Ofc. Alan Mitchell
Alaska Division of Juvenile Justice

January 6, 2021

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