Austin Bomber Blows Self Up! — Identified as 24-Year-Old White Male from Local Community
The Austin bomber suspect blew himself up on Tuesday night as police closed in on the killer at an Austin motel.
The 24-year-old killer was in the parking lot of the hotel when he blew himself up.
The man set off his six bomb on Tuesday.
Local officials said authorities identified a suspect in the past 24 hours based largely on information gained after police said the suspect shipped an explosive device from a FedEx store in Sunset Valley.
The Statesman reported:
The suspect in a string of bombings in Austin is dead, interim Austin Police Chief Brian Manley confirmed early Wednesday.
The name of the suspect, described only as a 24-year-old white man, has not been released, pending notification of his family, Manley said.
Although police are still investigating the possibility of accomplices, he said, “we believe this individual is responsible for all of the incidents in Austin.”
Manley urged the community to remain vigilant for possible other explosives, adding that “we do not know where (the suspect) has been in the past 24 hours.”
Police have not identified a motive for the string of bombings, Manley said.
Investigators identified several leads but the case really broke in the past 24 to 36 hours, the chief said.
He described how authorities tracked down the suspect’s vehicle to a Round Rock-area hotel. Police began following the suspect’s vehicle, and as SWAT approached, the suspect detonated a bomb in the car, Manley said.
Manley said an officer had fired at the suspect, and another officer who was knocked back by the blast was treated for minor injuries.
The police announced the news last night.
Early this morning Interim Police Chief Manley announced that the main suspect in the Austin bombings was identified and died. You can view Chief Manley’s briefing to the media this morning here: https://t.co/BPjMa0HZ4G
— Council Member Alter (@ALTERforATX) March 21, 2018