Police chief says Austin bombing suspect is dead

Austin bombing suspect is dead
Austin bombing suspect is dead
Posted at 4:19 AM, Mar 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-21 07:18:11-04

ROUND ROCK, Texas (AP) - Austin's police chief says the serial bombing suspect who has terrified Texas' capital city this month is dead.

Police Chief Brian Manley said at a news conference early Wednesday that the suspect set off an explosive device inside of his vehicle in a suburban Austin hotel parking lot as SWAT teams closed in. One SWAT team member fired a 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.

Investigators don't know the motive behind this month's string of bombings but believe the dead suspect was responsible for all them.

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.

Public was asked to remain vigilant because there was concern that there may be other package bombs "that are still out there."