Man Killed In Attack On ICE Detention Facility IDed As Antifa Militia Member

Willem Van Spronsen, who was fatally shot while attacking an ICE facility on Saturday, was an antifa.

Tacoma, WA – The man who was trying to blow up the Northwest Detention Center on Saturday has been identified as an antifa militia member who left behind a disturbing manifesto.

Tacoma police said 68-year-old Willem Van Spronsen arrived at the privately-owned holding facility for U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement (ICE) detainees at about 4 a.m. on July 13 armed with an AR-15 rifle, flares, and multiple Molotov cocktails, the Seattle Times reported.

An ICE employee saw Van Spronsen holding a rifle and called police.

Authorities said Van Spronsen tossed flaming objects at cars and buildings, and was trying to set the building’s propane tank on fire, the Seattle Times reported.

Tacoma PD said that he tried to set the building on fire, but failed because it was concrete.

He managed to set a car on fire but was not successful in igniting the propane tank, which would have likely killed numerous detainees and staff inside the building, police said.

The car was privately owned and burned to the ground, according to KIRO.

Police arrived on the scene and engaged with Van Spronsen.

Tacoma Police Spokeswoman Loretta Cool said the officers announced “shots fired” shortly thereafter, the Seattle Times reported.

All four officers who responded to the call opened fire on Van Spronsen.

Cool said she did not yet know who had fired first or whether Van Spronsen had fired at all.

None of the officers were injured, the Seattle Times reported.

Van Spronsen was declared dead at the scene. The Pierce County medical examiner said he died of multiple gunshot wounds.

He was quickly identified as an active member of the John Brown Gun Club, a left-wing militia, who had been arrested in June of 2018 while protesting at the same facility he was trying to blow up when he was fatally shot, the Seattle Times reported.

On that occasion, Van Spronsen tried to stop a police officer from arresting another protester by attacking the officer and wrapping his arms around the officer’s throat and shoulders.

Once he was in custody, Tacoma police found a collapsible baton and a folding knife in his police, the Seattle Times reported.

Court records showed Van Spronsen pleaded guilty in Pierce County Superior Court to one count of obstructing an officer.

In October of 2018, he was given a one-year deferred sentence, the Seattle Times reported.

The judge also banned Van Spronsen from returning to the detention facility for a year, KIRO reported.

It was later revealed that a number of Van Spronsen’s friends received goodbye letters from him in the mail on Saturday that included a manifesto of sorts that called the Northwest Detention Center an “abomination,” KIRO reported.

**“**i regret that i will miss the rest of the revolution," Van Spronsen wrote. "doing what i can to help defend my precious and wondrous people is an experience too rich to describe. i am antifa."

The manifesto reportedly borrows language from rants by U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-New York), including references to the detainment centers as “concentration camps,” and called for his comrades “to arm themselves.”

A Seattle antifa Facebook page, Seattle Antifascist Action, posted a eulogy on its official Facebook page and heralded Van Spronsen as a “martyr.”

“When our good friend and comrade Willem Van Spronsen took a stand against the fascist detention center in Tacoma, he became a martyr who gave his life to the struggle against fascism. He was kind and deeply loved by many communities; we cannot let his death go unanswered. Throughout history we idolize figures like John Brown for their courage to take the ultimate stand against oppression, and today we stand strong in our support for yet another martyr in the struggle against fascism. May his death serve as a call to protest and direct action,” Seattle Antifa wrote.

Despite claiming Van Spronsen was a friend, the antifa Facebook pages for the area seemed confused about his gender identity, and incorrectly shared information that Van Spronsen was a female who identified as "Emma."

The Emerald City Antifa page posted, "We received word we've been unintentionally deadnaming/misgendering her. Her name was Emma. Let's all please shift our language in the continued conversations about this event. Thank you."

They later issued a correction saying, "Emma was a nom de plum for organising, Will wasn't trans."

Deb Bartley, a longtime friend of Van Spronsen, described him to the Seattle Times as an anarchist and anti-fascist who went to the Northwest Detention Center to intentionally provoke a fatal conflict.

“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.”

Court documents from Van Spronsen’s 2018 arrest showed he was a self-employed carpenter and construction worker and labeled him “indigent.”

The officers involved in the incident have been placed on administrative leave pending completion of the investigation, which is protocol for all officer-involved shootings, the Seattle Times reported.

Comments (31)
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JBo
JBo

Sooooo...no loss, then?

JBo
JBo

“**i regret that i will miss the rest of the revolution,"

Well...bye!

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

Terrorist organization. Plain and simple!

IVdoll62
IVdoll62

So Karma finally came around? This organization must be finally recognized as a terrorist organization!

Janken
Janken

THESE kind of people are mentally deranged. Anyone that acts violent like these people and are so coward they are wearing masks then i pray they pull more stu ts and get their head blown off. These are enemies of OUR UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. So are illegals invading my country.

Ddurkof
Ddurkof

Imagine making it to that age and having 0 wisdom.

I haven't heard the media calling for the ban of AR-15s, using him as an example. I guess it doesn't fit the narrative.

ScaleriBrosLawyer
ScaleriBrosLawyer

Antifa: -Marches in the streets under the sickle and hammer banner of an genocidal regime clad in black outfits and masks. -Smash businesses and property of their perceived enemies. -Planted IEDs at a police station. -Set up roadblocks and beat any motorists that didn't obey their unlawful commands. -Routinely disrupt conservative speaking events by pulling fire alarms, discharging pepper spray or calling in bomb threats. -Attempted to buy guns from a Mexican Drug Cartel. -Smashed a man, who was literally on his knees begging for calm, in the head with a heavy bike lock. -Doxxes percieved enemies (including an 8-year old girl) and blows up their social media and phones with death threats. -Surrounded Tucker Carlson's home, forcing his wife and kids to hide in a closet. -Put a gay minority journalist in the hospital with a brain bleed. -Attempted to firebomb a building full of people. -Openly encourages people to commit violence against anyone they perceive to be a 'fascist'.

Can the authorities finally admit that this is a domestic terror group that needs to be dealt with? You know, the same thing those of us with a working brain have been saying for years.

bluerudithor
bluerudithor

So, does ms AOC, know something about this???? Bring her in for questioning. I think it's time we find out more about HER agenda, she might very well be plotting against the U.S. and the American Citizens of this great nation, she makes clear, that she despises! New York, how many losers can you vote for, before you can actually see the writing on the WALL, and our U.S. flag being destroyed by what is obvious.......incoming enemies from everywhere. There are now more than 4 young women representatives currently elected to in Congress for the last year or so, who a few of those lie about where they originate from outside the U.S., just as Barack Obama did when running for president, that seemingly, while he lied about being born in Hawaii, and had the State of Hawaii Democrat Representatives cover that up, to enter the 'race' (sorry, no pun intended), he set the trend for other foreign born to enter U.S. politics, against all Congressional and Constitutional laws. Yesterday, as I watched the ICE hearings, I couldn't help but see the disdain from Mexican born Jesus Garcia, now a U.S. Representative of Illinois, who during his questioning period, lashed out and insulted ICE Exec Director Thomas Homan, in the Representative's quest and support of illegals entering the U.S. illegally. Now, it seems, that foreign born new members of Congress, are attempting to run our government on a socialist agenda, who speak with a heavy accent, that I myself couldn't understand whether he was speaking English or Spanish, while verbally screaming out, "do you have children?!"; continuing his venomous attack on a U.S. born Citizen, who, unlike Mr. Garcia, DID HIS JOB TO PROTECT AND DEFEND THE USA FOR 34 years!

Dr Shoe
Dr Shoe

It's only going to get worse the closer We get to 2020 Election Day, and the Lame Stream Media will continue to cover for their "Hitlery Youth" the violent, commies also known as the "Aunt Tifas".

AnnykaV
AnnykaV

If you're going to off yourself, just do it. Set yourself on fire. Making someone else kill you is chicken shit cowardice.

DieselDawg
DieselDawg

Lots of comments on this leftist peace of garbage at this linkhttps://youtu.be/MaOcS6Izy2o?list=PL9uxmQ2GV1ATLPYdiyJxGK-vGSQJqoMMY&t=6

. Many praise him as a hero for communism.

BlueLM101
BlueLM101

I'm glad ICE and the Local PD deported this dipshyt to hell!

Louise S
Louise S

I wonder what OAC thinks about the lies she told actually got someone killed...doubt it matters to the lying little scum. tho.

LetGodSortItOut
LetGodSortItOut

Good riddance you sexually confused POS.

Da$
Da$

"Comrade" gone! So glad to see antifa quoting "Comrade Cortez."

Sailor
Sailor

Clearly a group of individuals who are very disturbed and trying to make their neurotic fantasies become reality. They need to be dealt with swiftly and harshly.

HAWAIIBLUE
HAWAIIBLUE

So is anyone bothered by this? Anyone? Anyone? No? Ok, well since no one gives a fuck about this ass clown, and he’s dead, we can all go back to......doing..... .. let’s say...... anything else!? FUCKS GIVEN= 0

Cduncanf
Cduncanf

I love a happy ending

Domestic goddess
Domestic goddess

AOC should be arrested for inviting others to riot. Her verbage drives others to destroy property & lives.

Gramercy
Gramercy

I would definitely NOT let his death go unnoticed...I am PRAISED that he passed! Such HATE does not have a sanctioned place in America! The terror they instigate is against ALL AMERICANS!

Stanracer
Stanracer

Good shooting! One down. Now all the rest of this domestic terrorist gang of thugs should be taken out too!👋👎

DeiselDemon92
DeiselDemon92

Ha ha 1 less asshole

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

Good!!! A domestic terrorist is dead!!! One down, many more to go!!

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

wait until his funeral then arrest all who attend.

Red Neck
Red Neck

Looks to me like stupid did himself in!

alwaysReason
alwaysReason

People killed in the last 10 years: Antifa: 0 Right wing terrorists: 313 ICE: 81 CBP: 98