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Austin police announced that the man described by police as a “serial bomber” is now dead. The suspected bomber reportedly blew himself up with a bomb as police approached. Investigators identified the suspect as a 24-year-old white male, Breitbart reports.
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.
“The suspect is deceased, and has significant injuries from a blast that occurred from detonating a bomb inside his vehicle.” ~ Chief Manley
The investigation is still ongoing and Law Enforcement Officials cannot release any information about the suspect at this time, thought they were quick to point out he was a white male. In my opinion, what a classless move and that does nothing but feed into the mainstream propaganda of racism. If this was a person who was not white, it would days if not weeks, before they would inform the public.
FOX 7 has learned the suspect is believed to be from the Pflugerville area.
Austin police believe the suspect that died this morning is responsible for the all the reported explosions but stress that people should remain vigilant as police learn more about the suspect’s whereabouts over the last 24 hours. Police say they will also continue to investigate if the suspect worked with any others.
Investigators reportedly used “cell phone technology” to track the suspect’s location and found him just north of Austin in Round Rock, Texas,” KVUE reported.
Police reportedly identified the man after reviewing video at a FedEx store where he allegedly shipped two bombs.
Still such an active scene here in Round Rock. #ICYMI: Serial bomber behind #AustinBombings detonated a bomb inside of his car on I-35 S. This is why all southbound lanes are shutdown. @FBI, @ATFHQ, and @Austin_Police have confirmed the suspect is a 24-year-old white man. pic.twitter.com/QdfXNBsQ0i
— JacquelineSarkissian (@JSarkissianFOX7) March 21, 2018
Manley said police had zeroed in on a “person of interest” over the last 24-36 hours, tracing him to the motel in Round Rock, where they spotted his vehicle.
“We had multiple officers from both the police department and our federal partners that took up positions around the hotel awaiting the arrival of our tactical team. We wanted to have ballistic vehicles here so we could attempt to take this suspect into custody as safely as possible.”
While waiting for the ballistic vehicles to arrive on scene, the suspects vehicle began to drive away. At which point, SWAT began to follow the suspect, the suspects vehicle shortly after stopped his vehicle in a bar ditch.
“As the SWAT team approached the vehicle, the suspect detonated a bomb inside the vehicle knocking one of our SWAT officers back. One of our SWAT officers fired at the suspect as well.”
Manley also warned more package bombs could be out there.
“We don’t know where he has been in the past 24 hours,” Manley said. “If you see something that looks suspicious, see something out of place, see something that gives you concern, call 911.”
President Trump responded to the Texas and Federal Officers involved, early Wednesday morning, tweeting, “AUSTIN BOMBING SUSPECT IS DEAD. Great job by law enforcement and all concerned!”
AUSTIN BOMBING SUSPECT IS DEAD. Great job by law enforcement and all concerned!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 21, 2018
Police are waiting for daylight to continue searching the vicinity of the bomb blast that killed the suspect. The delay is to ensure the safety of the investigators and to make certain they can preserve evidence at the scene.
KVUE reported that the suspect wore a disguise, including a wig, when he entered the FedEx store in Sunset Valley where he shipped two explosive devices. In the video surveillance released by investigators, the suspect can also be seen wearing gloves.
BREAKING: Exclusive photos of Austin bombing 'Person of Interest' dropping off 2 packages at Austin @FedEx store. Believed to be wearing wig.
Recognize him? Contact: @FBI @Austin_Police
More info: https://t.co/8bVRGToc7T @News4SA @cbsaustin pic.twitter.com/mpTxxrkYfd
— Randy Beamer (@randybeamer) March 21, 2018
Governor Abbot also congratulated the LEO and Federal Agents on their tireless work and intense investigation.
BIG NEWS. The Austin Bomber is dead. More work needs to be done to ensure no more bombs had been sent before he died. The investigation continues to learn more information. Congratulations to the combined law enforcement effort. #AustinBombings #txlege https://t.co/ccCT6EMHx2
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) March 21, 2018
Bexar County Fire Marshal Chris Lopez reminds residents of possible indicators of package bombs:
- Unexpected or unknown packages
- Lack of a return address
- Excessive postage
- Packages marked “Personal” or “Private”
- Packages containing an irregular shape or surface
- Packages with excessive tape or protruding wires
- Packages with unusual markings, stains, spots or emitting unusual odors
Austin police and EMS units responded to what they called a “Bomb Hotshot” call Sunday night. EMS officials tweeted confirmation of transporting two people with serious but “non-life-threatening” injuries.
Chief Manley reported a “device” caused the explosion. He repeated reports that the device may have been triggered by a trip wire. Manley said this would be a departure from the previous package explosions that were triggered either by motion or by opening the package. The chief urged residents of the subdivision to remain indoors until after daybreak so that law enforcement officers could complete clearing the area.
“I know you all will ask whether this is terrorism-related. Again there’s no information that we have right now to believe this is anything other than an isolated incident but we’re working diligently to understand this incident and to understand why it had occurred,” Police Chief Manley
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