Man shot and killed by police outside Tacoma ICE detention facility

Evarado Alatorre
Julio 14, 2019

Police made 16 arrests Friday night after warning that people would be subject to arrest if they stayed in the street and on the light rail tracks.

The man who was shot and killed by Tacoma police while allegedly staging an attack at a Tacoma immigrant detention center has been identified.

It was not known whether the man fired at the officers, Cool said.

Tacoma Police responded to the Northwest Detention Center, a privately run detention facility that holds migrants, at about 4 a.m. on Saturday after an employee called about an armed man outside, authorities told the The Daily Beast.

Shortly after arriving on scene, officers say they found a suspect with a gun, wearing a satchel and carrying flares.

A rally outside the facility concluded several hours prior to the incident and police said it remained peaceful. It is unclear whether the man was shot by officers or shot himself, Cool 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.

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Authorities say investigators are processing the scene and police are continuing to investigate.

Officers retreated to cover, uninjured.

A motive for the man's actions hasn't been determined, Cool said. The four officers involved were placed on administrative leave in accordance with the department's policy.

GEO Group, which runs the 1,575-bed Northwest Detention Center, said in an email to The Associated Press that baseless accusations about how detainees are treated at its facilities "have led to misplaced aggression and a risky environment for our employees, whose safety is our top priority".

"Violence of any kind against our employees and property will not be tolerated", the statement continued.

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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