Armed Anarchist Tried to Firebomb ICE Detention Facility
The gunman who attacked an ICE detention facility in Tacoma, Washington was an anarchist, the Seattle Times reports.
The newspaper says Willem Van Spronsen was armed with a rifle and fire bombs. He tossed lit objects at vehicles and buildings — setting one car ablaze. He also tried unsuccessfully to ignite a propane tank.
He died of multiple gunshots. Listen to more on the Todd Starnes Radio Show Podcast.
Last year Van Spronsen attacked a police officer as he tried to free a fellow protester outside the same ICE detention facility.
Deb Bartley, a friend of Van Spronsen’s, told the Times he described himself as an anarchist and anti-fascist.
“He was ready to end it,” Bartley said. “I think this was a suicide. But then he was able to kind of do it in a way that spoke to his political beliefs … I know he went down there knowing he was going to die.”
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