The King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office this week filed charges against fugitive Miguel Rivera Dominguez, 17, who is wanted in connection with the fatal shooting of Marcel Da’jon Wagner on a Metro bus in White Center on Oct. 3, 2023.
As we previously reported, Wagner was shot and killed while on the bus on 15th Ave SW near Roxbury.
The suspect, Dominguez – who remains at large – was requested by Prosecutors to be held on $3 million bail when he is arrested.
Prosecutors asked the court to issue a warrant for the defendant’s arrest and the court granted that request.
Charges against Dominguez are:
- Murder in the First Degree, in violation of RCW 9A.32.030.
- Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, in violation of RCW 9.41.040.
This belief is founded on the following events:
- On Oct. 3, 2023, at approximately 5:05 p.m., Wagner, 21, was shot while riding in the rear of Metro Transit Coach #6954 as it traveled northbound on 15th Ave SW, approaching SW Roxbury Street, in White Center.
- The bus was in service with around 15 passengers onboard.
- The bus was equipped with video and audio-recording equipment, capturing the incident.
- King County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) and Seattle Police Department (SPD) patrol officers arrived at the scene, where they found Wagner unresponsive with multiple gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
- A Detective reviewed the onboard video and determined that Wagner had boarded the bus around 4:50 p.m. At approximately 4:54 p.m., Dominguez, wearing a ski mask, jeans, and black shoes, boarded the bus with an acquaintance known as “GW,” a light-skinned Black or mixed-race male who is 17-years-old.
- There was no interaction between Wagner and Dominguez during the approximately 12-minute ride, and Dominguez appeared to be texting or viewing his phone during the journey.
- As the bus approached SW Roxbury Street, Dominguez suddenly pulled out a handgun and began shooting Wagner, firing multiple rounds without uttering a word. The sudden gunfire surprised other passengers, including “GW,” who reacted with shock. After shooting Wagner, Dominguez and “GW” fled the scene.
- Six fired casings were found on the bus, with one casing found outside the rear bus doors on the sidewalk. Five shots were fired at Wagner, resulting in his death, and two more shots were fired into the glass of the rear bus doors in an attempt to force them open.
- At 5:17 p.m., a Ring camera in the 1000 block of SW 99th Place captured “GW” walking through the neighborhood, wearing the same clothes as when he was on the bus minutes before.
- Detectives canvassed the area around Ambaum Blvd and SW 142nd Street and acquired video showing Dominguez and “GW” walking to the bus stop from a nearby residential area between Ambaum Boulevard SW and the 600 block of SW 142nd Street.
- Another Detective spoke with a resident, who pointed out a house nearby that was associated with Dominguez.
- Dominguez was enrolled in the Highline School District’s “Open Doors Program” but had been suspended during the 2022-2023 academic year. Police said that Dominguez’s physical characteristics appeared consistent with the shooter’s features.
- A HSD Security Liaison confirmed that “GW” matched the description of Dominguez’s acquaintance. Surveillance video from the Boys and Girls Club, located at 9800 8th Avenue SW, revealed that Dominguez and “GW” entered the club following the bus shooting. They later removed their masks, and Dominguez changed his clothes. Photos of Dominguez without a mask were shown to a witness, who confirmed his identity.
- A search warrant that was executed at Dominguez’s residence revealed video footage showing Dominguez and “GW” leaving the residence before boarding the bus. Dominguez was wearing the same attire during the bus ride.
- On Oct. 13, 2023, a Detective interviewed “GW,” who identified Dominguez as the shooter and stated they had no prior knowledge of the victim.
- Wagner’s autopsy, conducted by the King County Medical Examiner’s Office, confirmed he died from multiple gunshot wounds.
In addition to being wanted for Murder, at 17 years of age, Rivera Dominguez was not legally allowed to possess a firearm.