Man Attacks Immigrant Detention Center In Washington State, Found Dead After Police Shooting
A day before the Trump administration was set to conduct mass roundups of undocumented immigrants around the U.S., a man threw incendiary devices at an immigrant detention center in Washington state and was later found dead at the scene after police opened fire.
A man identified by authorities as Willem Van Spronsen, 69, of Vashon Island had set a vehicle outside the Tacoma Northwest Detention Center on fire and attempted to ignite a large propane tank next to the building, police said.
He was armed with a rifle and had flares, Tacoma police said. Four officers responded to the incident Saturday morning at 4 a.m. after an employee reported that "a male outside the facility was armed with a rifle," police said.
Moments later, officers reported that shots had been fired. Spronsen was then found dead.