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.
An armed man was fatally shot early Saturday during a confrontation with police after he hurled incendiary devices at a Washington state immigration detention center, Tacoma police said.
The Tacoma Police Department said the officers responded at about 4 a.m.to the privately-run Tacoma Northwest Detention Center, a U.S. Department of Homeland Security detention facility that holds migrants pending deportation proceedings. Police said that besides the rifle, he had a satchel and flares. He had died on the scene.
Authorities say police arrived and called out to the man, and shots were fired. It is unclear whether the man was shot by officers or shot himself, Cool said. All four involved officers fired their weapons, she said. His name hasn't been released.
A police spokesperson told The Daily Beast there was a planned "peaceful rally" outside the detention center that houses over 1,500 detainees on Saturday afternoon, which will now be held in another location due to the ongoing investigation.The shooting comes the day before President Donald Trump's ordered national raid by ICE, targeting hundreds of immigrants who have received deportation orders.
Authorities say investigators are processing the scene and police are continuing to investigate. No law enforcement officers were injured. "I don't even think at this point in time he's been identified", Cool said.
The four male officers involved - whose tenure with Tacoma police ranged from 20 years to 9 months - were placed on paid administrative leave per department 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 unsafe environment for our employees, whose safety is our top priority. We are thankful for the quick and fearless action by the Tacoma Police Department, which prevented innocent lives from being endangered".