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Police in Washington state say an armed man was shot and killed early Saturday after trying to attack a local Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention center.

The Seattle Times reported that the unidentified man appeared outside of the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma with a rifle and threw incendiary devices at both the facility and nearby propane tanks, at one point setting a vehicle on fire.

Officers responded to the incident around 4 a.m. and called out to the man before shots were fired. It was not clear how many shots were fired or whether the man fired at police.

Police spokesman Loretta Cool said the officers weren’t wearing body cameras, but the area is covered by surveillance cameras from the detention center. The four officers involved were placed on administrative leave in accordance with the department’s policy. None of them were injured.

ICE said in a statement that no employees “were harmed nor involved in this tragic incident.”

The shooting took place hours after a rally in front of the detention center to protest planned mass deportation raids around the country. The Tacoma facility, which is run by the Department of Homeland Security, holds migrants pending deportation proceedings. The detention center has also held immigration-seeking parents separated from their children under President Donald Trump’s “zero tolerance” policy, an effort meant to deter illegal immigration.

GEO Group, which runs the 1,575-bed Northwest Detention Center, in an email to The Associated Press said baseless accusations about how detainees are treated at its facilities “have led to misplaced aggression and a dangerous environment for our employees, whose safety is our top priority. Violence of any kind against our employees and property will not be tolerated. We are thankful for the quick and brave action by the Tacoma Police Department, which prevented innocent lives from being endangered.”

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 me 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, at times appearing to get choked up as he defended his former colleagues.

While President Trump and others have defended immigration authorities, some Democrats have called to either restrict federal funding for ICE or abolish the agency outright.

Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., for example, said on Thursday that she and her colleagues still supported defunding ICE. She and other freshmen, like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., tried blocking funding for ICE and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in June, accusing authorities of “killing innocent children.”

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23 Comments

23 Comments

  1. eugene oneil

    July 13, 2019 at 9:48 pm

    LOVE IT

  2. John Bloxson Jr.

    July 13, 2019 at 9:49 pm

    It is not President Trumps Policy it was President Clintons Zero Tollerance Policy that was suspended when Bush became President and reinstated under Obama so Donald Trump was not the author of the Policy he just enforced a policy already on the books

    • Helga Renfro

      July 13, 2019 at 11:11 pm

      Obama or any other President did not have to deal with these huge numbers of illegal invaders. No country can sustain this madness. I am sick of seeing these people coming in caravans by the thousands. Go home and fix your own countries you leeches. Millions are here already from this latest onslaught and it has cost the tax payers almost 150 billion so far this year. Sickening plus the diseases and crimes they bring. Now we have the insane democratic candidates speaking Spa nish. Do they not know they are running here in America??? That should tell every voter that these traitors do not support them. Jusy like here in California the cursed sanctuary cess pool.

      • JD

        July 14, 2019 at 2:42 pm

        The only reason caravans are coming is because they are being funded by Soros etc. and their purpose is to make Trump look bad.

  3. Joe

    July 13, 2019 at 10:01 pm

    You come armed and shoot, then you get shot and die. No excuses……no exceptions. Don’t blame the cops

    • Helga Renfro

      July 13, 2019 at 11:14 pm

      The police should be commanded.

      • Mike Hansen

        July 14, 2019 at 7:00 am

        Commended.

        And I agree!!!!

    • ANTHONY HEPNER

      July 15, 2019 at 12:30 pm

      Well said, Sir!

  4. Jason smith

    July 13, 2019 at 10:20 pm

    These are exactly the kind of times the NRA has prepared us for. The NRA tells us we need weapons to protect us from a corrupt and fascist government. That time is now. This man died a hero. LOCK AND LOAD AMERICA!

    • Kay

      July 14, 2019 at 12:04 am

      Fool, He’s not a Hero, he was attacking ICE! ICE is in charge of catching and Deporting the ILLEGAL Invaders! That’s a Good Thing!

    • Packrat

      July 14, 2019 at 1:28 am

      a hero? This man was attacking an ICE facility that had many people inside. Had he been successful, many would have died.

    • Earnie Bailey

      July 14, 2019 at 2:23 am

      Your an idiot! A man attacked a federal employee facility and you can him a hero. He died a loser because he was a loser.

    • RCP55

      July 14, 2019 at 11:02 am

      If you support that loser so much, if it happens again, why don’t you join that person. You must be one of those brain dead demoncraps otherwise you would realize what he did was WRONG. There is no hope for people like you.

    • JFK

      July 14, 2019 at 12:21 pm

      We’re locked and loaded against all communists and their sympathizers.

  5. Pool

    July 13, 2019 at 10:20 pm

    Fool

  6. LST

    July 13, 2019 at 11:42 pm

    At least the asshole won’t try that again! A fucking liberal pansy ass democrat no doubt. The dems lost a voter.

  7. Tom

    July 13, 2019 at 11:58 pm

    This will continue to happen, Because MSM does not emphasise that the ICE raids are for people whom the courts have already ordered deported. But the news is reporting it like they are grabbing any and everyone which they are not.

  8. Chris

    July 14, 2019 at 12:42 am

    One down, way too many more to go.

  9. Paula Blissett

    July 14, 2019 at 1:50 am

    In all actuality, these raids should target ALL ILLEGALS, GET THE FUCK OUT OF OUR COUNTRY, YOU BLOOD SUCKING M…ER F…ING LEECHES! GO TRUMP! 20/20!

  10. Kenneth Russell

    July 14, 2019 at 4:30 am

    Thank God we have courageous law enforcement like this to uphold the law and protect lives!

  11. William

    July 14, 2019 at 1:23 pm

    Another successful removal of a misfit from the gene pool.

  12. neo

    July 14, 2019 at 2:44 pm

    NOTICE , they failed to give name of the assailant ….why?….bet I know…IF he /she were republicans they would of posted every bit of information they could muster.

  13. Josey

    July 14, 2019 at 5:49 pm

    Well, someone has to say it….”play stupid games, get stupid prizes”!
    I would also like to add that that blood of this fool lies on the hands of those democrats listed in the article along with many more.

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