A large police presence attends the island with a search warrant
Tacoma police shot and killed Vashon resident Willem Van Spronsen in Tacoma early Saturday morning after launching incendiary devices in the immigration detention center, according to various reports.
A large police presence arrived on the island on Saturday afternoon to help the Tacoma police with a search warrant for the incident, said the King County Sheriff's Office spokesman. Ryan Abbott. Swat teams from King County and Tacoma police have come, along with members of the King County bomb squad and hostage negotiating teams. The Guardian One, the helicopter of the King County Sheriff's Office, was also planned.
Many reports say that Van Spronsen, 69, was armed with a rifle and was throwing incendiary devices at buildings and cars. Reportedly, a car was completely swallowed by the flames. He also tried to light a propane tank, but he couldn't.
The Tacoma News Tribune account said that Van Spronsen was wearing a briefcase and equipment that contained explosives. Reportedly, he died on the scene.
As of Saturday night, the forces of order were still in the residence on the west side of Van Spronsen, and one officer asked at least some drivers to turn around.
The New York Times, which also reported an incident report, reported that the Tacoma police are working with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Homeland Security. The Seattle Office of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is also involved.
This is a developing story and will be updated.