Tacoma police shoot and kill attacker at center for ICE detainees

Stupid is as....yeah, you know the rest.

Tacoma police shot dead a man who was reportedly throwing incendiary devices at the immigrant detention center on the Tacoma tideflats early Saturday morning.

Tacoma police said they responded to a report of a man with a rifle at the Northwest Detention Center at 1600 East J Street at 4 a.m.

The man was allegedly throwing the incendiary devices at outbuildings and cars in the center’s parking lot. One car caught fire and burned.

He also attempted to explode a propane tank installed at the site, according to police.

In a statement, police said shots were fired. After initially taking cover, police found the man. He was dead.

The Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the man as Willem Van Spronsen, 69, of Vashon Island.

Police said he was wearing a satchel and gear that contained flares.

 

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