Tacoma ICE Facility Terror Attacker IDed as Antifa Activist
The Gateway Pundit | The man killed in Saturday’s terror attack on an ICE contract detention facility in Tacoma, Washington has been identified as Willem Van Spronsen, a man with a record of attacking police during a protest at the facility a year ago. Antifa activists are claiming the attacker as one of their own.
Friends reportedly knew he was “saying goodbye” and had written a manifesto.
The Seattle Times reported on Van Spronsen:
…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.
Tacoma ICE Detention Center Shooting: Manifesto Reportedly Left
Police in Tacoma shot and killed an armed man who was throwing incendiary devices at the Northwest Detention Center on Saturday.
Patch | TACOMA, WA — The man shot to death by police officers as he hurled incendiary devices at a holding center for federal immigration agents reportedly wrote a manifesto in which he called detention camps an “abomination” and said it was time to take action against the “forces of evil.”
Tacoma police officers on Saturday shot and killed Willem Van Spronsen, 69, of Vashon Island, as he lobbed the devices at the Northwest Detention Center, operated by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Police said the man was bent on a path of mass destruction.
The attack came ahead of nationwide ICE raids Sunday targeting as many as 2,000 undocumented immigrants.
In the letter, which contains graphic language, Van Spronsen reportedly self-identified as a revolutionary and said he was radicalized at 13 while learning about the electoral college in civics class.
“We are living in visible fascism ascendant,” the letter said, adding that those “paying attention” watched it survive and thrive for decades under the state’s protection.
Armed man killed during attack on ICE detention center, police say
Washington Post | An armed man was fatally shot Saturday after throwing what authorities called “incendiary devices” at an immigration detention center in Washington state and trying to set a commercial-size propane tank on fire, according to Tacoma police.
About 4 a.m., 69-year-old Willem Van Spronsen threw “lit objects” at buildings and at cars in a parking lot, police said, causing a vehicle to go up in flames. Court records show the man was arrested last year at a protest at the privately owned detention center, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement called the man an “anti-immigration-enforcement protester.”
The man, a Vashon Island resident, died at the scene after shots were fired, police said.
“This could have resulted in the mass murder of staff and detainees housed at the facility had he been successful at setting the tank ablaze,” Shawn Fallah, who heads the ICE Office of Professional Responsibility, said in a statement. “These are the kinds of incidents that keep you up at night.”