Yesterday’s Attack On An ICE Detention Center Could Have Resulted In The Mass Murder Of Migrants
With ICE raids occuring across the country and protests happening in response, a man allegedly attacked an ICE detention center outside Seattle.
The man, who has been identified as Willem Van Spronsen, was allegedly throwing Molotov cocktail style explosive devices at the main building along with parked cars.
Police responded to the scene and shot and killed the suspect.
A man was allegedly throwing explosive devices at a Seattle-area ICE detention center.
An employee at the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Northwest Detention Center called Tacoma police around 4 a.m. Saturday, reporting a man outside with a rifle who was throwing incendiary devices.
A car in the parking lot was set on fire, and the man also threw the lit devices at buildings and attempted to ignite a propane tank, police said.
“This could have resulted in the mass murder of staff and detainees housed at the facility had he been successful at setting the tank ablaze,” Shawn Fallah of ICE’s Office of Professional Responsibility said in a statement. “These are the kinds of incidents that keep you up at night.”
The man was fatally shot by police.
The gunman died at the scene; four officers involved in the shooting were placed on administrative leave per department policy. The incident is under investigation.
The attack on the migrant center comes amid nationwide protests against planned ICE raids on the immigrant community.
A peaceful protest rally took place at the facility hours before the shooting. Another protest event planned for Saturday was cancelled.
La Resistencia, a group that organizes protests of the detention center, said it believed that the suspect was not targeting people at the facility.
The group said in a statement: ” His actions sadly reflect the level of desperation people across this country feel about the government’s outrageous violence against immigrants, which includes the use of detention centers to cage migrants both currently living in the US and those seeking asylum.”
While a friend told the Seattle Times that Van Spronsen, who she described as an anarchist and antifascist, sent a letter before the incident saying goodbye. She added she believed his actions were a form of suicide.
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