Man Shot By Police After Throwing Incendiary Devices at ICE Detention Center
Incident occurred following protests against mass deportations
An armed man was shot and killed by police on Saturday after trying to attack a local Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention center with flammable devices, according to Washington state police.
The man, who is yet to be identified, was seen outside of the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma with a rifle and hurling incendiary devices at propane tanks and the facility, The Seattle Times reported.
The man's attacks resulted in one vehicle being set on fire.
Officers were called to the incident before shots were fired, but it is still not clear if the man fired at police.
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Police were not wearing body cameras, according to Police spokesman Loretta Cool, but the area was heavily laden with surveillance cameras from the detention center.
Following the incident, four officers were placed on administrative leave in accordance with the department's policy.
ICE said in a statement:
No employees "were harmed nor involved in this tragic incident."
The shooting occurred following a protest in front of the detention center on planned mass deportation raids around the country.
The Tacoma facility holds migrants pending deportation proceedings.
The detention center has also held immigration-seeking parents separated from their children as part of Donald Trump's "zero tolerance" policy.
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According to Fox News: 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.
Last year, a federal judge ruled that Washington state could pursue its lawsuit seeking to force GEO Group to pay minimum wage for work done by detainees at the detention center.
The planned raids come at a time of intense scrutiny surrounding ICE and the treatment of migrants at detention centers.
The administration's child separation policy was the subject of a contentious Congressional hearing Friday, during which former ICE director Tom Homan vehemently defended law enforcement amid criticism from Democratic politicians.
“As a 34-year veteran of law enforcement, it is shocking, shocking to see constant attacks against those that leave the safety and security of their homes every day, put on a Kevlar vest and put a gun on their hip and risk their own safety to defend this nation,” he said.
The Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency are poised to start its planned mass deportations of illegal aliens across ten major cities in the United States.
ICE officials will begin the operation on Sunday, July 14 and forcefully deport at least 2,000 illegal aliens with final deportation orders, according to the NY Times.
Last week, Ken Cuccinelli told CBS that illegal aliens with final orders for deportation would soon be deported by ICE, despite President Trump's delay two weeks ago.