Police kill man allegedly attacking immigration prison

Remigio Civitarese
Luglio 14, 2019

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An employee at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma called police early Saturday morning to report a man with a rifle who was throwing "incendiary devices" and setting vehicles on fire, according to a report by QFox13.

Maru Mora-Villalpando, an activist with La Resistancia, said the coalition was notified of the incident after the fact, but detainees at the facility, including one that she spoke with, have been left in the dark. Police said that besides the rifle, he had a satchel and flares. It is unclear whether the man was shot by officers or shot himself, Cool said. The officers then fired at the suspect, she said.

A spokesperson for the GEO Group, the private prison company that operates the Tacoma detention center, said that the company's facilities have never been overcrowded or housed unaccompanied minors, the issue that has sparked national protests.

After the gunfire, officers took cover, contained the area and set up medical aid a short distance away, police said. When officers approached the man, they determined he had been shot and killed. His name hasn't been released.

Authorities say investigators are processing the scene and police are continuing to investigate. No officers were injured. The four Tacoma police officers who fired their weapons have been placed on paid administrative leave as is standard in officer-involved shootings.

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 unsafe environment for our employees". Violence of any kind against our employees and property will not be tolerated. "We are thankful for the quick and courageous action by the Tacoma Police Department, which prevented innocent lives from being endangered".

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.

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