Published: Tue, July 16, 2019
Global Media | By Garry Long

Police kill man allegedly attacking immigration prison

Police kill man allegedly attacking immigration prison

Tacoma police said they shot at an armed man early Saturday who was attacking the Northwest Detention Center, the holding facility in Tacoma for federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Deb Bartley, a friend of Van Spronsen, told The Seattle Times that he identified as an anarchist and anti-fascist (Antifa), and she believes his intent in attacking the center was to provoke a conflict.

Brad Parscale, the campaign manager for President Donald Trump's 2020 presidential bid, wrote in a message on Twitter, "Left-wing extremism just became domestic terrorism".

The shooting took place about six hours after a peaceful rally in front of the detention centre, police spokesman Loretta Cool said. All were placed on paid administrative leave, per department policy.

Tacoma Police Department said the four officers responded to the privately-run Northwest Detention Centre in Washington state at about 4am.

Police said the man caused a vehicle to catch fire and that he attempted to ignite a large propane tank and set buildings on fire.

Authorities in Tacoma, Washington, have named a man who was killed after attacking an immigration detention facility, and court records showed he had been previously arrested for assaulting a police officer at a protest outside the same facility.

Tacoma Police Department confirmed that all four officers opened fire on the suspect, while it remains unclear if he fired at the officers.

The event, which had been planned for Saturday, was rescheduled to Sunday because of blockades surrounding the detention center following the 4 a.m. Saturday incident in which 69- year-old Willem Van Spronsen was killed.

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In that incident, Van Spronsen lunged at a police officer who was detaining a fellow protester at the Northwest Detention Center, according to a prosecutor's written account.

"For us it's extremely shocking to know that somebody died out here, but it's not shocking in the sense that there's another death related to ICE", she said. After handcuffing him, police found that he had a collapsible baton and folding knife in his pocket.

Police have not established a motive for the attack, but The Seattle Times reported that a longtime friend of Mr. Van Spronsen's, Deb Bartley, believed he had meant to provoke a fatal conflict.

"He was ready to end it", she told The Times.

She added: "I think this was a suicide. But then he was able to kind of do it in a way that spoke to his political beliefs", she said.

"The outrageous and baseless accusations that have been levelled against our facilities have led to misplaced aggression and a unsafe environment for our employees", the company said in a statement.

Immigration has been the subject of a divisive political battle in the United States, which has struggled for more than a year with a migration crisis on its southern border as thousands of people travel to the U.S. each month.

Where do these people come from? The administration's child separation protection turned into the sphere of a contentious Congressional hearing Friday, by which veteran ICE director Tom Homan vehemently defended legislation enforcement amid criticism from Democratic politicians.

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