After a week of what appeared to be random bombings, police and FBI agents closed in on a suspect in the attacks. As they moved to arrest the man Wednesday morning, the man detonated a bomb and killed himself and injured one officer. Though the bomber is dead, authorities are warning locals to remain alert.
The man is being described as a 24-year-old white male from central Texas. Police surrounded him 18 miles north of Austin, shortly after 2:00 am. He was in a car at the time.
Police are warning residents that there may be more bombs out there and are asking for everyone to be alert.
“Police found the suspect sitting in his car and called for backup,” The Daily Mail writes. “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.”
Police Chief Brian Manley said the man had been tied to 5 bombings, and one device that was intercepted before it exploded.
CCTV footage taken at a FedEx office in Austin showed the suspect dropping off two packages around 7:30 pm on Sunday. It was one of these packages that would later explode in the FedEx center outside of San Antonio.
The suspect was already acting unusually, as he entered the center wearing gloves.
Once the time and location were known, cell phone data allowed the team of investigators to track the suspect. Police are still searching for a motive. They’ve acknowledged that the suspect wasn’t known to law enforcement.
Police still do not know the motive behind the attacks, but say the suspect was not previously known to law enforcement.
Daily Mail published a concise timeline of the events.
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.
I-35, where the standoff with the police occurred, has been closed in both directions pending the investigation.