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Austin serial bombing suspect killed in a dramatic confrontation; ID would be a 24-year-old man

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Austin PD: Suspected bomber is dead

The police update on the death of the suspect, Austin, bomber.

The presumption of a serial bomber that killed two people and terrorized Austin, Texas, for three harrowing weeks was killed in a dramatic confrontation with the police overnight Wednesday, authorities said.

The suspect, identified by police early Wednesday, a 24-year-old man, was killed in the neighbourhood of the motel he is back to carry on by the authorities, through the surveillance footage from a Federal Express drop-off store and cell phone triangulation technology, according to The Austin American-Statesman.

The man, whose name has not been released, died. after the flight, the motel in a car, with the police hot on his tail. He drove into a ditch, sparking the fatal confrontation.

“We wanted this to come to a peaceful solution tonight,” said Austin police chief Brian Manley. “However, We were not afforded that opportunity when he began to drive away.”

The officials are working at the place where the suspect in a wave of bombing attacks that terrorized Austin last month blew himself up with an explosive device as authorities closed in, police said early Wednesday, March 21, 2018.

(AP Photo/Eric Gay)

The police said the man detonated a package with two bombs as the police closed in, shooting at him. It was not immediately clear whether he died from the bombs and the shots fired by the police. An agent was knocked back by the explosion, but no one was seriously injured.

Manley said the police had zeroed in on a “person of interest” in the last 24-36 hours, tracing him to the motel in Round Rock, where they spotted his vehicle. The suspect is most likely from the Pflugerville area, located near the site of the confrontation with the police in Round Rock, FOX7 reported.

Law enforcement reacts to where the Austin bombing suspect detonated two packages as the police closed in.

(FOX7)

“Late last night and early this morning, we felt very confident this was the suspicious bombings in Austin,” Manley said.

If the police took up positions around the motel and waited for the tactical units to arrive, the suspect bolted, Manley said.

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The police followed the vehicle and, when it went off the road, SWAT team officers moved.

“The defendant is death, significant injury,” Manley said, adding that he has not yet been identified by the medical examiner.

HAPPENING NOW: This is the I-35 in Round Rock near Old Settlers Blvd. It is shut down after officer-involved shooting. @Austin_Police tell me one person is dead and this may be related to the #AustinBombings suspicious. @FBI on scene. pic.twitter.com/A9J4ed0yYJ

— JacquelineSarkissian (@JSarkissianFOX7) March 21, 2018

Manley also warned more package bombs could be.

“We do not know where he had been in the past 24 hours,” Manley said. “If you see something that looks suspicious, see something of the place, see something that gives you concern, call 911.”

Emergency vehicles stage in the vicinity of the site of another explosion, Tuesday, March 20, 2018, in Austin, Texas.

(AP Photo/Eric Gay)

President Trump reacted to the news early Wednesday morning, tweeting, “AUSTIN BOMBING SUSPECT IS DEAD. Great job by law enforcement and all involved!”

AUSTIN BOMBING SUSPECT IS DEAD. Great job by law enforcement and all involved!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 21, 2018

Witnesses to the confrontation told FOX7 there was a bomb robot used by law enforcement, but they heard no explosion.

“There was no smoke from the cars,” an unidentified witness told FOX7.

JUST IN: Witnesses describe what they saw and heard after the #AustinBombings suspect is dead. @fox7austin pic.twitter.com/AVXpvu230I

— JacquelineSarkissian (@JSarkissianFOX7) March 21, 2018

The incident seems to have brought to an end a terrifying series that began on 2 March, when Anthony Steven House, 39, was killed when a package he found on his porch in the north-east of Austin exploded.

Ten days later, a second “porch bomb” exploded in the vicinity, the killing of the 17-year-old Draylen Mason, and wounding of his mother. A third bomb went off on March 12, injuring Esperanza Herrera, 75, and the police quickly determined that all three were connected.

Draylen Mason played the bass and was attending the University of Texas at Austin in the fall

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If the Texan capital of the residents sought answers, and developments took a terrifying turn of March 18, when two men were injured by a bomb that was disabled by a sophisticated “trip wire” made of fishing string. That bomb, along with the accelerated pattern of the attacks, under the fear that authorities were hunting a highly skilled maniac.

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Just after midnight on March 19, packaged intended for Austin exploded at a FedEx delivery facility in Schertz, about 65 miles south of Austin. That package was sent from Austin, and police were able to track to the drop-off shop where they obtained surveillance video.

BREAKING: Exclusive pictures of Austin bombing ‘Person of Interest’ fall from 2 packages in Austin @FedEx store. Probably be wearing a 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

Also Tuesday, the FBI said a suspicious package reported at a FedEx distribution center near the Austin airport, “contained an explosive device.” The two packets are sent from an e-mail delivery office in Sunset Valley, Austin, a suburb south of the city centre.

Fox News’ Travis Fedschun, Maggie Kerkman and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

Bradford Betz is an editor for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @bradford_betz.

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