Monday, 15 July 2019
An armed man was fatally shot Saturday after throwing what authorities called "incendiary devices" at an detention center in Washington state and trying to set a commercial-size propane tank on fire, according to Tacoma police.At about 4 a.m., 69-year-old Willem Van Spronsen threw "lit objects" at buildings and at cars in a parking lot, police said, causing a vehicle to go up in flames. Court records show the man was arrested last year at a protest at the privately owned detention center, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement called the man an "anti-immigration enforcement protester."
The man, a Vashon Island resident, died at the scene after shots were fired, 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, who heads the ICE Office of Professional Responsibility, said in a statement. "These are the kinds of incidents that keep you up at night."