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

TACOMA DETENTION CENTER-SHOOTING

TACOMA DETENTION CENTER-SHOOTING

Tacoma police said they shot at an armed man early Saturday who was attacking the Northwest Detention Center, the holding facility in Tacoma for federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

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.

Police say a vehicle caught fire and that the man attempted to ignite a large propane tank and set buildings on fire. Police said that besides the rifle, he had a satchel and flares. Spokeswoman Loretta Cool told reporters that officers reported, "shots fired". All four involved officers fired their weapons, she said.

A police spokesperson told The Daily Beast there was a planned "peaceful rally" outside the detention center that houses over 1,500 detainees on Saturday afternoon, which will now be held in another location due to the ongoing investigation.The shooting comes the day before President Donald Trump's ordered national raid by ICE, targeting hundreds of immigrants who have received deportation orders.

After the gunfire, officers took cover, contained the area and set up medical aid a short distance away, police said. The man died at the scene. No officers were injured.

Detectives and forensics were processing the scene Saturday morning; the man's name has not been released. The four officers involved were placed on administrative leave in accordance with the department's policy. "I don't even think at this point in time he's been identified", Cool said.

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 unsafe environment for our employees, whose safety is our top priority". Violence of any kind against our employees and property will not be tolerated.

GEO Group said the detention center in Tacoma has modern amenities with air conditioning, recreational activities, a bed for every individual, and medical care available at all hours.

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