The Austin bombing suspect is believed to be dead in an incident involving officers along I-35 in Round Rock, Texas, according to the FBI and law enforcement sources.
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The suspected serial bomber who terrorized Austin with a slew of exploding packages died early Wednesday after detonating another explosive device in his vehicle as police closed in on him, authorities said.
Austin police and the FBI tracked the 24-year-old male to a hotel parking lot in Round Rock, just north of Austin, where they found him inside his vehicle, Interim Austin Police Chief Brian Manley said. Officers wanted to wait for tactical units to arrive before engaging the suspect, but he started to drive away.
The man stopped on the side of the Interstate 35 frontage road, Manley said. As Austin SWAT officers approached, the suspect detonated a bomb, knocking one of the officers backward and injuring him, Manley said.