Tacoma police shot and killed a man who was armed with a rifle and reportedly throwing incendiary devices at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma early Saturday morning.
The unidentified man was allegedly throwing lit objects at buildings at Tacoma's North West Detention Center on Saturday when he was shot following a confrontation with responding officers, Tacoma Police Department officials said in a statement released on Saturday. The detention center has also held immigrant parents separated from their children. The male attempted to ignite a large propane tank and set out buildings on fire. The officers say the man wore a satchel and was holding flares, the Seattle Times reported.
Police said officers called out to the man and that shots were fired. It is not immediately clear if the police or the man shot first or who fired the fatal shot.
Cool said all four officers fired their weapons, but she didn't have specific details of what took place.
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Four officers arrived at the scene and were involved in the shooting. His name hasn't been released.
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Officers involved in the Saturday shooting were placed on paid administrative leave per department policy, police said.
"He was ready to end it", Bartley told the Times. Nearby Seattle, however, is not one of those cities on the list.
He was reportedly accused of assaulting a police officer during a protest at the same centre a year ago.
"They were not told that visits would not happen, were not told that the accident happened in the early morning".
GEO Group, a Florida-based company that owns and operates the Northwest Detention Center for ICE, issued a statement on Saturday blaming "factually inaccurate portrayal" of their detention centers for spurring "misplaced aggression and a risky environment for our employees". We are thankful for the quick and courageous action by the Tacoma Police Department, which prevented innocent lives from being endangered'.More news: Tour de France rider’s $12k bike SPLITS IN HALF during crash
In November, a Russian asylum-seeker who conducted a hunger strike to protest the conditions at the detention center died by suicide, the Pierce County Medical Examiner's Office ruled.