The unidentified man was allegedly throwing lit objects at buildings at Tacoma's North West Detention Center on Saturday when he was shot following a confrontation with responding officers, Tacoma Police Department officials said in a statement released on Saturday.
Officers retreated to cover, uninjured.
Officers then located the man and determined he had been shot and was dead at the scene.
An investigation into the incident has been launched and the officers involved have been placed on administrative leave.
The officers involved include: a 45-year-old who has been with the Tacoma Police Department for 20 years, a 27-year old with four years on the force, a 28-year old with one year as a Tacoma police officer, and a 24-year old with nine months on the force. "I don't even think at this point in time he's been identified", Cool said.
A spokesperson for ICE said no employees were harmed or involved in the event.
The operation is expected to target hundreds of families in 10 cities who have recently been ordered deported by an immigration court but have not yet left the country.
The Daily Beast claimed that the protests against the ICE Northwest Detention Center would be hosted in a different location, but as of now, it appears that protests are occurring outside of police blockades near the detention center.
Cool said the incident took place several hours after a peaceful rally protesting immigrant detentions outside the facility.
'They were not told that visits would not happen, were not told that the accident happened in the early morning.
Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., for example, said on Thursday that she and her colleagues still supported defunding ICE. The Tacoma facility, which is run by the Department of Homeland Security, holds migrants pending deportation proceedings.
It is unknown at this time if the individual was attacking the facility with anti-ICE motivations, anti-migrant motivations, or if it was unrelated to either motive; however, a statement from GEO Group, a Florida based company that operates the facility in Tacoma, attributed the attack to the anger resulting from misrepresentations in media. "We are thankful for the quick and fearless action by the Tacoma Police Department, which prevented innocent lives from being endangered".
The state of Washington has also sued the company for not paying the immigrants there minimum wage for work done there.