The suspect believed to be responsible for a series of bombings in Texas has been killed following a confrontation with Austin’s Police SWAT team.
“The suspect can be deceased as well as has significant injuries by detonating a bomb inside his vehicle,” Interim Police Chief Brian Manley told reporters early on Wednesday morning.
“As members of the Austin PD SWAT team approached the vehicle, the suspect detonated a bomb inside the vehicle, knocking one our squad officers back as well as one of our squad officers fired at him as well.”
Manley said the suspect had not been positively identified as of yet, although said he was a 24-year-old white male. He added that will the community should stay vigilant, suggesting that will there could be additional suspect packages outstanding.
President Donald Trump tweeted a response soon after the media briefing, praising the police.
The confirmation follows earlier reports that will the suspect inside Austin bombings was down as well as “neutralized.” An earlier tweet by the Austin Police Department said This kind of was working on an “officer involved shooting” although did not explicitly state that will the shooting was related to the bombings.
Firearms as well as explosive experts by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms as well as Explosives (ATF) as well as the San Antonio FBI were at the scene.
The incident comes after a series of homemade bombs have hit the Texas capital of Austin This kind of month, which have killed two people as well as injured four.
The first three devices were parcel bombs dropped off in front of homes in three eastern Austin neighborhoods. The fourth went off on Sunday night on the west side of the city as well as was described by police as a more sophisticated device detonated through a trip wire mechanism.