An armed man who attacked an immigration detention centre in the US city of Tacoma died after police officers opened fire, authorities say.

 

Police said they received reports that a man, armed with a rifle, was throwing “incendiary devices” at the Northwest Detention Center early on Saturday.

 

He was later identified as Willem Van Spronsen, who was reportedly involved in an earlier protest at the centre.

 

The shooting came a day before a major deportation operation was due to begin.

 

The raids by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials will target hundreds of immigrant families across 10 cities who have recently been ordered deported but have not yet left the country. It marks the latest move in US President Donald Trump’s crackdown on migration.

 

Sunday’s raids are not expected to affect Tacoma.

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