by Charlie McNiff
Antifa Terrorist Shot/Killed by Police In Attack at Tacoma ICE Detention Center
Willem Van Spronsen armed with a rifle, fire bombs attacking ICE Detention Center fatally shot by police.
The 69-year-old armed man shot by Washington state police as he attacked a local Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention center Saturday, July 13th sent a manifesto to friends the day before the assault in which he wrote "I am Antifa," and was being lionized by members of the leftwing group as a "martyr."
The group Seattle Antifascist Action described assailant Willem Van Spronsen a "good friend and comrade" who "took a stand against the fascist detention center in Tacoma" and "became a martyr who gave his life to the struggle against fascism."
A friend, Deb Bartley, told the Seattle Times, that Van Spronsen was an anarchist and anti-fascist who, she believed, attacked the detention center intending to provoke a fatal conflict.
Van Spronsen was armed with a rifle and incendiary devices when he launched his assault on the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma around 4 a.m. Saturday, according to the Tacoma Police Department. Employees reported he was throwing 'incendiary devices' and setting vehicles on fire and the first officers on the scene said he was wearing a sachet and carrying flares.
Van Spronsen was trying to ignite a propane tank when he was confronted by the officers, who opened fire. The Pierce County Medical Examiner’s office said he died of multiple gunshot wounds.
Several friends of Van Spronsen said they received a manifesto from him Friday calling the facility "an abomination" and asking "those burdened with the wreckage from my actions" to "make the best use of that burden."
In the manifesto, obtained by KIRO7, Van Spronsen said he wanted to make a statement at the facility.
"I regret that I will miss the rest of the revolution," he wrote. "Doing what I can to help defend my precious and wondrous people is an experience too rich to describe. I am Antifa."
Bartley told the Times she and other friends of Van Spronsen got letters in the mail "just saying goodbye," in addition to the manifesto.
"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."
Van Spronsen was arrested last year for assaulting a police officer during a June 26 protest outside the same detention center, according to court records.
According to court documents, he lunged at a cop and wrapped his arms around the officer's neck and shoulders while the officer was trying to detain a 17-year-old protester, The News Tribune reported. When police handcuffed Van Spronsen they found he had a collapsible baton and a folding knife in his pocket, according to court documents.
Van Spronsen pleaded guilty to a charge of obstructing police and was released from custody in October.
Fox News' Sam Dorman and the Associated Press contributed to this report.
ANTIFA Needs to be Branded
A Domestic Terrorist Group
They call themselves ANTIFA…Anti-Fascist…but they are far from that description. Actually, they are the ones that are the “fascists” when they bully people with their aggressive tactics that includes anything they can get their hands on to use as a weapon…all the while hiding in the most cowardly way behind a black cloth tied around their head as a mask.
It was that type of thugs that made headlines when they joined in the protest at UC Berkeley as they broke down barricades, tossed furniture through windows and then fire-bombed the inside of that building…all to stop a conservative to speak at that school.
In a separate incident, the same ilk of thug upended a wheelchair that left a service veteran sprawled on the ground. There are many reported instances when Antifa “toughs” would “sucker punch” someone by coming up behind and punching a person…and the running away. Really Cowardly!!!
One of their favorite ways of bullying is by kicking people when they’re down on the ground…such was the case of one victim in recent weeks that wound up in a hospital with a hemorrhage to the brain.
It is this type of confrontation…and twisted ideology that poisoned the mind of the Seattle Antifascist Action member that decided to make a “statement” and evidently become, in his own mind, a martyr, by carrying out his bomb plan at 4 a.m. in the morning…and to commit suicide by being shot by cops. How tragic…and senseless
That’s why Antifa should be branded a Domestic Terrorist Group…before other minds are poisoned by anarchists and led down that unholy path.
Let’s get back to “Agreeing to Disagree” without needless violence!