Washington police kill man at immigrant detention center

Man shot and killed by police outside Tacoma ICE detention facility	 	 	 			KCPQ-TV

Man shot and killed by police outside Tacoma ICE detention facility KCPQ-TV

A man armed with a rifle attacked an immigration detention facility in Washington state early on Saturday, throwing incendiary devices at the building and cars in the parking lot before dying after police opened fire, authorities said.

Tacoma Police responded to the Northwest Detention Center, a privately run detention facility that holds migrants, at about 4 a.m. on Saturday after an employee called about an armed man outside, authorities told the The Daily Beast. The center has held parents who were separated from their children under President Donald Trump's "zero tolerance" policy, according to the Associated Press. The male attempted to ignite a large propane tank and set out buildings on fire. Police said that besides the rifle, he had a satchel and flares.

An armed man who attacked an immigration detention centre in the U.S. city of Tacoma died after police officers opened fire, authorities say.

Cool said it is not clear at this time if the suspect shot himself or if police officers shot him.

Tacoma PD confirms four officers were involved in the shooting.

A motive for the man's actions hasn't been determined, Cool said. His name wasn't released. She said another rally was planned for later Saturday, but it would have to be held in a different area because of the investigation into the police shooting.

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.

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The shooting comes just one day before ICE is expected to begin deporting thousands of illegal aliens with final order of removal. The raid has sparked fears in the 10 cities targeted for enforcement; Seattle is not among them.

"They were not told that visits would not happen, were not told that the accident happened in the early morning". Violence of any kind against our employees and property will not be tolerated.

He was reportedly accused of assaulting a police officer during a protest at the same centre past year. We are thankful for the quick and fearless action by the Tacoma Police Department, which prevented innocent lives from being endangered'.

In November, a 40-year-old immigrant from a Siberian province in Russian Federation died after an ongoing hunger strike.

The state of Washington has also sued the company for not paying the immigrants there minimum wage for work done there.

Mergensana Amar, 40, was taken off life support after attempting to kill himself while in voluntary protective custody at the detention center on November 15, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said.

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