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Austin Bombing Suspect Kills Himself

Suspect Detonated Device In His Vehicle After Being Pursued By Police

March 21, 2018 - 8:19 am

ROUND ROCK, Texas- Austin's police chief says investigators don't know the motive behind this month's string of bombings in the Texas capital.

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.

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.

President Trump tweeted about the developments:

(The Associated Press Contributed To This Story)