Armed man dies after attacking immigration prison in Tacoma, police say


Authorities said Saturday police shot and killed a man who was armed with a rifle and throwing apparent explosives at an immigration prison in Washington state.

Tacoma police reported that officers responded to the call at abut 4 a.m. on Saturday.

Van Spronsen was allegedly throwing incendiary devices at cars and buildings, tried to explode a propane tank on the site and exchanged gunfire with police.

The man wore a satchel and had flares on him, according to police.

Police said officers called out to the man, and shots were fired.

Tacoma PD confirms four officers were involved in the shooting. He had died on the scene.

Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., for example, said on Thursday that she and her colleagues still supported defunding ICE. No law enforcement officers were injured.

A motive for the man's actions hasn't been determined, Cool said.

The four male officers involved - ⁠ whose tenure with Tacoma police ranged from 20 years to 9 months - were placed on paid administrative leave per department policy.

The operation is expected to target hundreds of families in 10 cities who have recently been ordered deported by an immigration court but have not yet left the country.

Activist group La Resistencia - ⁠ also known as NWDC Resistance, after Northwest Detention Center - ⁠ had initially planned a protest of the facility for Saturday afternoon, but postponed the event by a day after reporting road closures around the center and a 24-hour lock-down of the facility itself.

"They were not told that visits would not happen, were not told that the accident happened in the early morning".

GEO Group, which runs the 1,575-bed Northwest Detention Center, in an email to The Associated Press said baseless accusations about how detainees are treated at its facilities "have led to misplaced aggression and a unsafe environment for our employees, whose safety is our top priority". Violence of any kind against our employees and property will not be tolerated.

"Our facilities have never been overcrowded, nor have they ever housed unaccompanied minors", the statement said, adding that the company's facilities "offer modern amenities" such as air conditioning, recreational activities, medical care and legal services.

The Northwest Detention Center is privately operated by The GEO Group on behalf of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).