Police did not name the bomber, but two law enforcement sources familiar with the investigation identified him to NBC News as Mark Anthony Conditt.
Police were able to locate Conditt using a variety of tactics, including cellphone triangulation. Surveillance footage taken at an Austin FedEx was also used to apprehend him.
Authorities shared the surveillance footage showing a man believed to be Conditt entering a FedEx facility wearing what appeared to be a blonde wig and dropping off a package.
After numerous tips, a person of interest in the Austin bombings became a suspect and the Austin Police Dept put out an APB on him. He was located in a motel just off Rte 35 in Round Rock. As the police were trying to bring in tactical vehicles for fear of more bombs, the suspect left the motel and drove out onto the highway, where he encountered the police. He pulled his car over into a ditch and when the SWAT team approached his vehicle, he detonated a bomb in his car, killing himself. Police have not identified the suspect, they describe as a 24 year old white man.
ROUND ROCK, Texas (KEYE) – The suspect in a string of bombings that terrorized the city of Austin for the last three weeks is dead.
Austin Police Chief Brian Manley announced in a press conference early Wednesday morning that the suspect had killed himself after being encountered by police on Interstate 35 in Round Rock.
Police still do not have a motive but urge the public to remain vigilant, as they don’t know the suspect’s whereabouts for the last 24 hours.
APD cautions more devices may be out there.
I-35 is expected to be closed for four to six hours during the investigation.
Surveillance video from the FedEx Office store on Brodie Lane in South Austin helped investigators zero in on the person of interest who is now reportedly dead.
AUSTIN BOMBING SUSPECT IS DEAD. Great job by law enforcement and all concerned!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 21, 2018
Police have issued a warning that there could be more explosive devices out there and if you see a suspicious package, do not touch it. Call the police immediately.