69-year-old man dies after attacking migrant jail

69-year-old man dies after attacking migrant jail

An employee at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma called police early Saturday morning to report a man with a rifle who was throwing "incendiary devices" and setting vehicles on fire, according to a report by QFox13.

Northwest Detention Centre holds migrants pending deportation proceedings and has also held immigration-seeking parents separated from their children, the Associated Press reports.

A police spokesperson told Reuters the incident on Saturday took place several hours after a peaceful rally outside the Washington state facility protesting against immigrant detentions.

Officers arrived at the North-west Detention Centre early on Saturday (July 13) after a report the man - armed with a rifle - had set a auto on fire and had attempted to ignite a large propane tank, the city police department said in a statement.

The man then attempted to light a large propane tank and set buildings on fire, police said. The officers then fired at the suspect, she said.

She said the officers weren't wearing body cameras, but the area is covered by surveillance cameras from the detention centre.

A friend of the man who authorities say died after throwing explosive devices at an immigration jail in Tacoma says that she thinks he wanted to provoke a fatal conflict, the Seattle Times reports.

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After the gunfire, officers took cover, contained the area and set up medical aid a short distance away, police said. The man died at the scene. His name hasn't been released.

Van Spronsen is believed to have had previous run-ins with law enforcement at the detention centre.

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 Pierce County Medical Examiner's Office identified the man killed at the Northwest Detention Center as Willem Van Spronsen, 69, of Vashon Island. The incident comes one day before ICE agents are expected to carry out mass raids around the country in an effort to round up undocumented migrants.

The Daily Beast claimed that the protests against the ICE Northwest Detention Center would be hosted in a different location, but as of now, it appears that protests are occurring outside of police blockades near the detention center. "People in detention always are the last ones to know what's happening outside", Mora-Villalpando said.

She added that the organization handled three cases of medical neglect recently, including one that resulted in deportation and then death.

"This morning's attack at the ICE detention center in Tacoma was a horrific act of violence that has shaken us all", Washington Governor and 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful Jay Inslee wrote on Twitter.

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