A man armed with a rifle, flares and "incendiary devices" at an U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention center in Washington state was fatally shot by police early Saturday, authorities said.
Police were called to the center at 4 a.m. Saturday after an employee at the facility spotted a man with a rifle. The center has held parents who were separated from their children under President Donald Trump's "zero tolerance" policy, according to the Associated Press.
Police said a vehicle caught fire and that the man attempted to ignite a large propane tank and set buildings on fire. After medical aid arrived, officers approached the man and determined that he had been shot and killed.
She says that she and other friends of Van Spronsen got letters in the mail "just saying goodbye". The man was pronounced dead at the scene, according to Tacoma police. His name wasn't released.
A police spokesperson stated that there was a planned "peaceful rally" this afternoon outside the ICE facility that houses over 1,500 detainees and generally holds detainees pending deportation proceedings.
Police said operations at the facility had returned to normal.
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The four male officers involved-none of whom were injured-were placed on paid administrative leave, which is standard practice, until the investigation is complete, Tacoma police said. Nearby Seattle, however, is not one of those cities on the list.
"I don't even think at this point in time he's been identified", Cool said.
"They were not told that visits would not happen, were not told that the accident happened in the early morning".
La Resistencia has also recently dealt with three cases of medical neglect, she added, one of which ended in deportation and then death.
It is unknown at this time if the individual was attacking the facility with anti-ICE motivations, anti-migrant motivations, or if it was unrelated to either motive; however, a statement from GEO Group, a Florida based company that operates the facility in Tacoma, attributed the attack to the anger resulting from misrepresentations in media. Violence of any kind against our employees and property will not be tolerated.
Police Officer Sam Lopez turns away would-be protesters in front of a road block near the Northwest Detention Center, Saturday July 13, 2019 in Tacoma, Wash.
In November, a Russian asylum-seeker who conducted a hunger strike to protest the conditions at the detention center died by suicide, the Pierce County Medical Examiner's Office ruled.
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