Washington: A man armed with a gun tossed up riotous devices in an immigration prison in Washington state early on Saturday morning, when it was found dead after four police officers came and opened fire, authorities said.
The Tacoma police department said the officers responded at about four o'clock in the morning to the private detention center Tacoma Northwest, a detention center of the US Department of Homeland Security that keeps migrants awaiting deportation.
The detention center has also kept immigration seeking parents separated from their children under the "zero tolerance" policy of President Donald Trump, an attempt to combat illegal immigration.
The shooting took place about six hours after a peaceful demonstration in front of the detention center, police spokesperson Loretta Cool said. She said that another rally was planned for later on Saturday, but it should be held in a different area due to the investigation of the police shooting.
According to the police, the man set fire to a vehicle and tried to ignite a large propane tank and set fire to buildings. They added that he had a bag and torches next to the gun. Finally, the officers called to the man and shots were fired.
Cool said all four officers fired their weapons, but she had no specific details about what happened. She said the officers did not wear cameras on the body, but the area is covered by security cameras from the detention center. She said she didn't know if the man had fired at the officers.
After the gunfire, officers took cover, contained the area and set up medical assistance a short distance away, police said. The officers captured the man and decided that he was shot and dead on the scene.
His name has not been released. Authorities say investigators process the scene and keep investigating the police. No law enforcement officers were injured.
The four Tacoma police officers who have fired their weapons are placed on paid administrative leave as standard with shootings with officers. A motive for the man's actions is not certain, Cool said.
GEO Group, which runs the 1,575-bed Northwest Detention Center, in an email to The Associated Press, said that unfounded allegations of how detainees are treated in their 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 is not tolerated.We are grateful for the prompt and courageous action of the Tacoma Police Department, which prevented innocent lives being endangered. & # 39;
GEO Group said the Tacoma detention center has modern facilities with air conditioning, recreational activities, a bed for everyone and medical care at all hours.
Last year, a federal judge ruled that the state of Washington could prosecute its lawsuit by forcing GEO Group to pay a minimum wage for work performed by detainees in the detention center.
In November, a Russian asylum seeker who went on a hunger strike to protest the conditions at the detention center by suicide, the Pierce County Medical Examiner & # 39; s Office decided. Mergensana Amar, 40, was taken out of livelihood after attempting to kill himself while he was in voluntary custody at the detention center on November 15, US Immigration and Customs said.
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