The Austin bomber is dead after blowing himself up as police and FBI agents tried to arrest him in the early hours of Wednesday.
The bomber, a 24-year-old white male who lived locally, killed himself and injured an officer when he detonated a bomb inside his car as police surrounded him several miles north of the city around 3am.
Despite the death police have warned that more bombs could still be out there because they do not know where the bomber has been in the last 24 hours.
Two people were killed and six injured in a series of bombings that left Austin gripped in fear and stoked racial divisions in the city.
The Austin bomber is dead after blowing himself as police and FBI agents swooped in to arrest him at a hotel several miles north of the city in the early hours of Wednesday morning
Police found the suspect sitting in his car and called for backup. While waiting for reinforcements to arrive the man began driving away, forcing them to confront him on a frontage road leading to the I-35 freeway
As police approached the suspect’s car he detonated a device, killing himself and wounding an officer. He was described as a 24-year-old white male, but has not been named
Police say the man was behind all of the bombings in Austin, but they do not yet have a motive. More devices could still be out there because officers do not know where the man has been in the last 24 hours
The death comes after CCTV taken at a FedEx office in south Austin emerged showing the bomb suspect dropping off two packages around 7.30pm on Sunday
One of the packages later exploded as it was being moved between conveyor belts, while another was stopped near Austin airport and later confirmed to contain a bomb
President Trump, who was earlier criticized for his silence around the attacks, tweeted this on Wednesday morning
The bomber had targeted black and Hispanic neighborhoods. The first two victims came from prominent African American families while the third was Hispanic.
Police still do not know the motive behind the attacks, but say the suspect was not previously known to law enforcement.
Timeline of Texas package bomb attacks
March 2: Anthony Stephan House, 39, is killed when a package blows up at 6.55am at his home on the 1100 block of Haverford Drive.
6.44am on March 12: Draylen Mason, 17, is killed and his mother is seriously injured in a package explosion in their kitchen on the 4800 block of Oldfort Hill Drive.
11.50am on March 12: Esperanza Herrera, 75, is severely injured in a package explosion while visiting her mother’s home on the 6700 block of Galindo Street.
March 18: Two men in their 20s are seriously injured by a trip wire explosion on a sidewalk near the 4800 block of Dawn Song Drive.
Around 12.01am March 20: One man is injured in a FedEx facility in San Antonio when a package ‘containing nails and pieces of metal’ bound for Austin explodes. Wounded employee is taken to hospital with minor injuries.
6.19am March 20: Bomb squad responds to a FedEx sorting facility at 4117 McKinney Falls Parkway. An unexploded package bomb is secured. Police confirm it is connected.
Austin Police Chief Brian Manley said officers used CCTV, cell phone data, witness accounts and store receipts to track the bomber to a Red Roof Inn north of Austin.
When officers arrived the man he was sitting inside his vehicle so police called for backup in an attempt to bring him in peacefully.
As reinforcements were arriving the man attempted to drive away, forcing officers to confront him on a frontage road leading on to the I-35 highway.
As police approached the vehicle the man detonated a bomb, killing himself.
One officer fired shots at the vehicle, leading to initial reports that the bomber had been shot dead. The officer will be placed on leave per department protocol.
The bomber’s death comes just hours after CBS published CCTV showing the suspect at a Fed-Ex office in the south of the city.
The images show a man wearing a disguise and delivering two packages to the store around 7.30pm on Sunday.
One of the packages subsequently exploded on a conveyor belt at a FedEx sorting facility outside of San Antonio in Schertz.
The other was intercepted at a facility near Austin airport and was later confirmed to contain a bomb.
Authorities say the same person is connected to the two packages that surfaced Tuesday is also responsible for the four other explosions that began on March 2nd, killing two people and injuring six.
President Donald Trump, who was earlier criticized for failing to speak out over the shootings, tweeted ‘Austin bombing suspect is dead’ on Wednesday morning. ‘Great job by law enforcement and all concerned,’ he added.
The I-35 has been closed in both directions while images from the scene show dozens of law enforcement vehicles parked along the highway.
Police say they tracked the bomber to the Round Rock area using CCTV (pictured above), store receipts and cell phone data
FBI agents and police confronted the suspect on Wednesday morning before a pursuit and a volley of gunfire which killed him
The first incident occurred on March 2 when a package bomb exploded at a northeast Austin home, killing a 39-year-old Anthony Stephan House.
Two more package bombs then exploded further south on March 12. Draylen Mason, 17, was killed and his mother was wounded after they opened a package in their kitchen.
A 75-year-old Hispanic woman named by family as Esperanza Herrera was severely injured when a package bomb exploded at her home a few hours later.
The trip wire explosion on Sunday came just hours after police made an unusual direct appeal to whomever was responsible for three package bombs that killed two in the past month.
Previous victims: Anthony Stephan House, 39, (left) died on March 2 and Draylen Mason, 17, (right) died on March 12 when package bombs were left at their respective homes
Two people were killed and six injured in five explosions that began on March 2. A sixth device was found before it detonated