The suspect was pronounced dead early that morning is dead, according to multiple reports including one by counter-terrorism and radical Islamic expert and journalist, Pamela Geller. The suspect is being identified as Willem Van Spronsen, 69, who had told people he was a member of Antifa, a radical leftist group tied to Democrats and members of the news media.
In a report sent to the 13,000-member National Association of Chiefs of Police on Sunday, ICE and local cops described how a man armed with a rifle threw incendiary devices at an immigration jail in the city of Tacomo early Saturday morning.
The Tacoma Police Department spokesperson said the officers responded at about 4 a.m. to the privately run Tacoma Northwest Detention Center, a U.S. Department of Homeland Security detention facility that holds migrants pending deportation proceedings.
Police killed the suspect who was allegedly attacking immigration center which is run by a private contractor named The Geo Group.
“Tacoma Police responded to the Northwest Detention Center, a privately run detention facility that holds migrants, at about 4 a.m. on Saturday after an worker called about an armed man outside,” according to Ms. Geller, who’s a frequent contributor to radio and television news and commentary shows.
Police say the man was armed with a rifle and that he threw “the incendiary devices at outbuildings and cars in the center’s parking lot. One car caught fire and burned.”
He reportedly tried to blow up a propane tank as well.
Police spokesperson Loretta Cool told news reporters that four officers fired shots at the man prior to taking cover, though it wasn’t clear if he fired back. Eventually, police found the gunman and arsonist dead.
The incident is under investigation and the man’s alleged motives have not yet been revealed as of Saturday afternoon.
But aside from the alleged perpetrator, no one appears to have been hurt. None of the police officers involved were injured either.
“The shooting took place about six hours after a peaceful rally [protesting President Donald Trump’s immigration policies] in front of the detention center,” while the crowd of protesters called the President a racist, bullying usurper who should be removed from office.
Photos posted on Facebook showed that activists with the the leftest “Lights for Liberty” were demonstrating next to the detention center on Friday.
The facility in question is run by the GEO Group, which, in a statement cited “accusations of poor migrant treatment at the facility.”
These accusations “have led to misplaced aggression and a dangerous environment for our workers, whose safety is our top priority,” the statement said.
“Violence of any kind against our workers and property will not be tolerated. We are thankful for the quick and brave action by the Tacoma Police Department, which prevented innocent lives from being endangered,” said the Tacoma Police statement
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