Police: Austin, TX Bombing Suspect Dead

Police: Austin, TX Bombing Suspect Dead Click to Enlarge

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(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 early Wednesday that the suspect set off an explosive device in his vehicle as SWAT team members were closing in. He says one of the SWAT officers also 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.

A federal agent says it's "hard to say" whether the dead suspect was acting alone.

Fred Milanowski, agent in charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms' Houston Field Division, says investigators aren't completely convinced that there aren't other explosive devices "out there," and that they want the public to remain vigilant.

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 Donald Trump tweeted his praise of law enforcement. Trump said: "AUSTIN BOMBING SUSPECT IS DEAD. Great job by law enforcement and all concerned."

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