A man police described as armed with a rifle and throwing flammable objects was shot and killed outside the Northwest Detention Center early Saturday morning.
Police arrived at the privately run Northwest Detention Center at about 4am local time after receiving reports that a man was throwing "incendiary devices" at the facility and at vehicles in the auto park, the statement said.
Police spokesman Loretta Cool said Van Spronsen ignited a auto and tried to explode a propane tank before he was fatally shot by four police officers.
The shooting took place about six hours after a peaceful rally in front of the detention centre, police spokeswoman Loretta Cool said.
According to authorities, the police are working with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Homeland Security to conduct further investigation.
A 69-year-old man was shot dead by police for attacking an immigration detention centre in Washington with firebombs on Saturday. She said she didn't know if the man fired at the officers. After medical aid arrived, the officers approached the man, who "appeared to still have his weapon" near him and "determined that he had been shot" and killed at the scene.
The Washington state man, who has not been publicly identified, was armed with a rifle and throwing "incendiary devices" at the building and nearby cars, setting one on fire. No officers were injured.
Authorities say investigators are processing the scene and police are continuing to investigate.
Officers involved in the Saturday shooting were placed on paid administrative leave per department policy, police said. People in detention always are the last ones to know what's happening outside, ' Mora-Villalpando told the newspaper. The center holds migrants waiting for hearings and deportations.
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.
Tacoma police man a roadblock limiting access to the Northwest Detention Center on the Tacoma Tideflats.
"Violence of any kind against our employees and property will not be tolerated", the statement continued.
"Our facilities have never been overcrowded, nor have they ever housed unaccompanied minors", the statement said, adding that the company's facilities "offer modern amenities" such as air conditioning, recreational activities, medical care and legal services.
The medical examiner's office said Van Spronsen died from multiple gunshot wounds.
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