UPDATE: 3/20/18 @ 9:30 a.m.
The suspected Austin bomber is dead after detonating a bomb inside a car on Interstate 35 and after a SWAT officer fired at him, Austin Police Department Chief Brian Manley said. The bomber’s name is Mark Anthony Conditt, according to law enforcement sources.
“This is the culmination of three very long weeks in our community,” Manley said.
The explosion happened on Interstate 35 in Round Rock near Old Settlers Boulevard around 2 a.m. Wednesday. Investigators had recently identified a 24-year-old white man as a person of interest and then a suspect, and found the vehicle he was known to drive at a hotel in Round Rock.
UPDATE: 3/20/18 @ 5:00 a.m.
ROUND ROCK, Texas — Sources with APD confirm to CBS Austin that the Austin bombing suspect who terrorized the city since March 2nd is believed to be dead in an incident involving officers along I-35 in Round Rock.
Police were closing in on the suspect when they killed themselves and their car exploded, according to our source.
I-35 is closed while a massive presence of law enforcement– including Austin Police, FBI, and ATF investigators–begin to put together the reported officer-involved shooting.
Several helicopters were seen hovering overhead.
I-35 is expected to be closed for 4 to 6 hours during the investigation.
The five connected explosions killed two people and injured six others. They began on March 2nd.
ORIGINAL: 3/20/18 @ 6:30 a.m.
AUSTIN, TX (KEYE) – A package destined for an address in Austin exploded inside a FedEx distribution facility outside of San Antonio, law enforcement sources tell CBS Austin.
The package detonated around 12:25 am at the facility in Schertz, TX. Sources said the package was moving from an elevated conveyor belt to a lower section when it exploded.
A woman working near the package was treated for a headache but was not seriously hurt.
The package contained shrapnel consisting of nails and pieces of metal, sources said, but none of the 75 employees inside the facility were injured.
There are several law enforcement agencies at the scene, including agents from the ATF, FBI and Homeland Security.