Austin’s police chief says the serial bombing suspect who has terrified Texas’ capital city this month is dead.
Police Chief Brian Manley said early Wednesday that the suspect set off an explosive device in his vehicle as SWAT team members were closing in.
He says one of the SWAT officers also shot at the vehicle.
Manley identified the suspect only as a 24-year-old white male. He says the suspect’s name won’t be released until his next of kin are notified.
A law enforcement official has told The Associated Press that the dead Austin bombing suspect was Mark Anthony Conditt.
The official, who has been briefed on the investigation, spoke on the condition of anonymity because the official wasn’t authorized to discuss the case publicly.
Austin has been targeted by four package bombings since March 2 that killed two people and wounded four others.
A fifth parcel bomb detonated at a FedEx distribution center near San Antonio early Tuesday.
The authorities are concerned that there may be other package bombs “that are still out there.”
Police have blocked off the roads around Wilbarger and Second streets in Pflugerville, which is just north of Austin and not far from where a package bomb killed a 39-year-old man on March 2.
Pflugerville Mayor Victor Gonzales told The Associated Press that the bomber lived in his city, two blocks from his house.
Jay Schulze, who has lived in the Pflugerville neighborhood for 13 years, says he was out jogging last night when he was stopped by police and asked about the bombings.
He says there has been a large police presence in the neighborhood since last night and that that police flew drones over a home from about 9 p.m. until about 3 a.m.
He described the home over which the drones were flying as “a weird house with a lot of people coming and going” and a bit rundown.
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