Austin, Tx. – The suspect in a string of bombings in Austin is dead, according to Austin Police Chief Brian Manley. A 24-year-old white man was developed as a suspect through the investigation and police began looking for him.
Last night around 9:00 authorities tracked down the suspect’s vehicle to a Round Rock-area hotel, just north of Austin. While police were preparing to make an arrest the suspect drove off. Police began following the suspect’s vehicle. As authorities followed the suspect he drove off the side of the road, into a ditch. As SWAT members approached the vehicle, the suspect detonated a bomb inside the vehicle, knocking one officer down, according to police. Another member of the SWAT team shot the suspect as the bomb detonated.
Officials said one officer was treated for minor injuries suffered in the in the incident.
Since March 2 four bombs have exploded in Austin, two men died and four other people were injured. A fifth bomb detonated yesterday at a FedEx sorting facility in Schertz, Tx., as it made it’s way down a conveyor belt.