Austin serial bombing suspect killed in dramatic confrontation; ID'd as 24-year-old man

Maybe people with a tip about a shooter should be calling this team of agents (from all agencies) as they evidently know how to follow up!

Austin serial bombing suspect killed in dramatic confrontation; ID'd as 24-year-old man

The suspected serial bomber who killed two people and terrorized Austin, Texas, for three harrowing weeks was killed in a dramatic confrontation with police overnight Wednesday, according to authorities.

The suspect, identified by police early Wednesday as a 24-year old male, was killed near the motel he was traced to by authorities using surveillance footage from a Federal Express drop-off store and cell phone triangulation technology, according to The Austin American-Statesman.

The man died after fleeing the motel in a car, with police hot on his tail. He drove into a ditch, sparking the fatal confrontation.

"We wanted this to come to a peaceful resolution tonight," said Austin Police Chief Brian Manley. "However, we were not afforded that opportunity when he started to drive away."

Police said the man detonated two package bombs as police closed in, firing at him. It was not immediately clear whether he died from the bombs or shots fired by police. One officer was knocked back by the blasts, but none were seriously hurt.

Manley said police had zeroed in on a "person of interest" over the last 24-36 hours, tracing him to the motel in Round Rock, where the spotted his vehicle.

"Late last night and early this morning, we felt very confident this was suspect in bombings throughout Austin," Manley said.

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

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Police followed the vehicle, and when it went off the road, SWAT team officers moved in. The suspect detonated at least one bomb inside his vehicle, police said.

"The suspect is deceased with significant injuries," Manley said, adding that he has not yet been positively identified by the medical examiner.

Manley also warned that more package bombs could be out there.

"We don't know where he has been in the past 24 hours," Manley said. "If you see something that looks suspicious, see something out of place, see something that gives you concern, call 911."

The incident appears to have brought to an end a terrifying sequence that began March 2, when Anthony Steven House, 39, was killed when a package he discovered on his porch in northeast Austin exploded.

Ten days later, a second "porch bomb" exploded nearby, killing 17-year-old Draylen Mason and injuring his mother. A third bomb went off on March 12, injuring Esperanza Herrera, 75, and police quickly determined all three were connected.

As the Texas capital's residents sought answers, developments took a frightening turn on March 18, when two men were injured by a bomb that was set off by a sophisticated "trip wire," made of fishing string. That bomb, along with the accelerated pattern of attacks, spurred fears authorities were hunting a highly trained maniac.

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

Late Tuesday night an explosion in Austin caused by an "incendiary device" was said to be unrelated to previous bombings in Texas that have killed two people and severely wounded four others since March 2, police and federal authorities said.

Also Tuesday, the FBI said a suspicious package reported at a FedEx distribution center near the Austin airport "contained an explosive device." The two packages were sent from a mail delivery office in Sunset Valley, an Austin suburb south of downtown.

Someone dropped off a box containing an “artillery simulator” at an Austin Goodwill location that detonated, injuring an employee and triggering a bomb scare.

Austin assistance police Chief Ely Reyes says there was "no reason to believe" the Tuesday blast was a copycat incident.

Tuesday’s victim was a Goodwill Industries employee who was "being treated for non-life-threatening injuries," the Austin branch of the nonprofit tweeted. The man, in his 30s, was looking in a donation bin at the time of the blast, Austin's KVUE-TV reported.

According to a Goodwill employee speaking to the outlet, the victim was talking with someone about safety when the suspicious item was found. While trying to dispose of it, an employee handled one of the artillery simulators and it went off, the Austin American-Statesman reported.

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

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Something about this smells bad to me. I was also just reading about a suspicious package at a post office in Texas. ATF was on the scene. Girl, PLEASE be careful ok.

Thanks, Robin.  I’m always careful, always!  I am shocked that we haven’t been advised to heighten awareness.  I did tell my clerks, when they first hit the FedEx center, and they think I’m nuts. I don’t care. 

I'm sure you are careful. It amazes me that the post offices weren't put on high alert. It also amazes me your clerks think you're nuts because you said something. It's they, that are nuts. Just because this was happening in Texas, does not mean it won't happen in other states. Have they never heard of copy cats? Why are people so stupid? They make me crazy.

I know.  We live in a ‘safe area.’ People are very complacent.  I am amazed almost daily at what people do NOT notice. 

Unreal. I live in a "safe area" too. That didn't stop a crazy arab dude from charging me when I came out of a doctors office last year. He was out of place and crazy. He stopped when he saw Rick. The cops took care of him after I called them. If he hadn't stopped coming towards me his eyes would have been pepper sprayed right out of his head. LOL Along with a good swift kick to the groin.

I haven’t seen any more on it since early this morning.

Austin Bomber’s Video Manifesto Uncovered, Future Targets Detailed

The people of Austin, Texas are finally able to breathe a little easier after weeks of deadly bombings have come to a halt.

In reality, investigators have discovered a 25 minute confession within their investigation of Conditt’s home. Unfortunately for the liberal media, Conditt’s own words have dispelled any rumor son hate-mongering or racial motivation.

Officers located the recording, in which Conditt, 23, described creating seven devices, including one he blew up during the conflict with police, Austin Police Chief Brian Manley said at a news conference. The recording was made on a phone, which was found in the suspect’s possession following the confrontation.

In the recording, the suspect did not mention “anything about terrorism, nor does he mention anything about hate,” the police chief said. The message is rather “the outcry of a very challenged young man talking about challenges in his personal life.”

Police said all seven devices have been found, suggesting there was no further threat from Conditt to people in the area.

Manley told reporters that authorities believe the recording was made between nine and 11 p.m. Tuesday night and “there was no reason given for why he selected” the affected individuals.

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