UPDATE: The Pierce County Medical Examiner confirmed Willem Van Spronsen, 69, of Vashon Island died after multiple gun shot wounds. @TacomaPD said 4 officers fired at Van Spronsen, who was armed with a rifle and throwing Molotov cocktails at the Northwest Detention Center. pic.twitter.com/RNPnJgXnZ4
— Patrick Quinn (@PatrickQuinnTV) July 14, 2019
Long past time to declare them a terrorist organization.
Via Seattle Times:
A protest outside the federal immigration detention center in Tacoma last year drew headlines when a 68-year-old man wrapped his arms around a police officer’s throat and shoulders in an apparent attempt to free another protester.
When police got the man into handcuffs, they found a collapsible baton and knife in his pocket, leading to criminal charges.
Early Saturday morning, that man, Willem Van Spronsen of Vashon Island, returned to the Northwest Detention Center, the holding facility for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, this time armed with a rifle and incendiary devices, according to Tacoma police.
Police said Van Spronsen tossed lit objects at vehicles and buildings, causing one car fire, and unsuccessfully tried to ignite a propane tank.
Officers were called by an ICE employee who saw the rifle. Soon after they arrived, officers reported “shots fired,” said Tacoma police spokeswoman Loretta Cool, although it is unclear who fired first or if Van Spronsen fired at all. The Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office classified his death as a homicide.