Armed man attacking Tacoma’s ICE detention center killed in officer-involved shooting

TACOMA DETENTION CENTER-SHOOTING

TACOMA DETENTION CENTER-SHOOTING

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A man who was armed with a rifle and throwing Molotov cocktails at the ICE Tacoma Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, Wash., was killed by responding police officers, according to the authorities.

Maru Mora-Villalpando, an activist with La Resistancia, said the coalition was notified of the incident after the fact, but detainees at the facility, including one that she spoke with, have been left in the dark.

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. Police said that besides the rifle, he had a satchel and flares.

Cool said all four officers fired their weapons, but she didn't have specific details of what took place. The officers then fired at the suspect, she said.

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It was not known whether the man fired at the officers, Cool said. No law enforcement officers were injured.

A spokesperson for the GEO Group, the private prison company that operates the Tacoma detention center, said that the company's facilities have never been overcrowded or housed unaccompanied minors, the issue that has sparked national protests. It was not clear how many shots were fired or whether the man fired at police. His name hasn't been released. "I don't even think at this point in time he's been identified", Cool said.

Four Tacoma police officers have been placed on paid administrative leave.

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 risky environment for our employees, whose safety is our top priority".

"Violence of any kind against our employees and property will not be tolerated", the statement continued. "We are thankful for the quick and courageous action by the Tacoma Police Department, which prevented innocent lives from being endangered".

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